White House Probing Possible Malia Selfie

Photo as yet unverified
By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2015 11:36 AM CST
White House Probing Possible Malia Selfie
President Barack Obama, right, with daughter Sasha, bottom left, Michelle Obama, top left center, and daughter Malia, top right, disembark Air Force One on Dec. 19, 2014.   (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

Everyone is in a scramble to figure out how a selfie that appears to show Malia Obama got on Instagram, reports the Christian Science Monitor. "Was it taken in the White House? Was it taken in the Lincoln Bedroom? Was it taken in the Aspen Lodge at Camp David? Was it taken in the hidden Hall of Records inside Mt. Rushmore?" Gawker breathlessly adds. For years, Michelle Obama has effectively kept her daughters off social media, decrying Facebook to Barbara Walters in 2013, which has some people wondering if the sudden selfie is actually a doppelgänger. The White House hasn't verified the photo and is now probing its release.

The photo, featuring maybe-Malia in a white Pro Era t-shirt, first surfaced on the Twitter account for Pro Era, a Brooklyn rap group, the International Business Times reports; member Joey Bada$$ says through a rep he got it from a mutual friend, Gawker adds. And they've wasted no time using the photo for promotion. "That make sense—let's put up a photo of a minor whose dad has the FBI on speed dial. Sure, the increased sales will cover the legal fees," Peter Grier writes in the Monitor. (Malia was recently caught totally unimpressed.)

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