Malia and Sasha Obama meet Ryan Reynolds as they attend their first state dinner at the White House

Malia was on the side to give Sasha a thumbs-up as she met the actor

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It’s good to know that despite being daughters of one of the most powerful and recognisable men in the world, Malia and Sasha Obama still act how any other siblings would when meeting one of the most sought-after actors on the planet.

Both daughters of Barack and Michelle Obama were present at a state dinner at the White House to mark the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire last week. As well as the country’s leader, other notable Canadians were present for the evening including actors Mike Meyers, Michael J Fox, Sandra Oh and Ryan Reynolds who attended with his American wife Blake Lively.

This was the first state dinner which Malia and Sasha attended and given a range of photos of the evening released by the White House, it seems they had a great time, particularly when meeting Reynolds. While Sasha, 14, appears to be understandably excited when in conversation with the Deadpool actor, Malia, 17, seems to be every elder sister by giving her a supportive, yet perhaps slightly sarcastic, thumbs up. 

Many Twitter users seemed to agree that the siblings simply reacted how any of us would faced with that situation.

The inclusion of Malia and Sasha at their first state dinner was also reportedly noted by Mr Trudeau who himself was the child of a state leader when his father Pierre Trudeau was Prime Minister of Canada from 1980 to 1984. In his address, he told them: “I admire you very much, both of you, for your extraordinary strength and your grace, through what is a remarkable childhood and young adulthood that will give you extraordinary strength and wisdom beyond your years for the rest of your life.”


Vancouver-born Reynolds also seemed thrilled to be at the event, later sharing a picture of himself and Mr Trudeau who he called “not only a warrior for equality and the environment but one helluva hugger”.