Sasha Obama‘s name started to trend on Twitter on Sunday night after a photo of a woman who looked like Obama began circulating. Quickly, thousands of people shared and commented on the photo on December 13, both positively and negatively.
The photo, seen below, was shared by a number of Twitter accounts with massive followings, including MEFeater, an online magazine with more than 134,000 followers.
There is no confirmation that the woman in the photo is, in fact, Obama. But that didn’t stop thousands of people from treating that as the case, with countless people celebrating her and just as many vilifying her.
“I dare one of y’all to say some slick s*** about Sasha Obama,” one person tweeted.
“Sasha Obama going viral for just existing will always sit right w me,” another person tweeted.
“Sasha Obama got Barack STRESSED OUT at home 😂😂😂,” someone else joked.
Photos & Videos of Obama Have Gone Viral Multiple Times Since She Started College
This isn’t the first time Obama has gone viral since becoming a college student. Earlier this fall, a video of what appeared to be her rapping on TikTok went viral.
The video was notable for more than one reason. First, Obama and seven other friends appeared to mouth the word “b****” at the beginning of the song, and second, they were all without masks inside a small kitchen amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to the New York Post, the video was deleted after it went viral. Neither Obama nor her parents commented publicly on the matter.
The photo that’s circulating on Twitter shows little context. The image shows a woman who looks like Obama wearing a crop top and what appears to be a bikini bottom and swim wrap, somewhere between standing and sitting at an outdoor table with a group of men standing behind her. Alongside that image, one person shared a selfie they claimed was also Obama, which also went viral.
Obama Is a Student at the University of Michigan
Obama, 19, is the youngest of Barack Obama’s daughters. She’s a student at the University of Michigan. Her older sister, Malia Obama, is enrolled at Harvard University. Both of the sisters have been living with their parents “almost continuously” since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, Barack Obama said in a special feature with People magazine.
The former president explained, “Malia and Sasha have been with us almost continuously since March, with just a few breaks.”
He went on:
Like a lot of families who are lucky enough not to have to worry about losing a job, or a family member getting sick, there are times where it’s felt claustrophobic, I’m sure, for them. But for Michelle and me as parents, to have this bonus time where your kids are having dinner with you every night and we’re playing games and watching movies together — there’s been a lot of joy to that.
The former president also celebrated the strong relationship his two daughters have created with one another. “I think part of what’s been also wonderful is seeing Malia and Sasha become such great friends,” he said. “They’ve got a three-year gap between them, and when one is 16 and the other one’s 13, there’s still that sister competition. ‘Did you grab my halter top? Where is it? Why haven’t you returned it? Why are you doing this, why are you doing that?’”