Is Malia Obama Smoking Weed In This Video? Should We Care?

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The first daughter gets lit up.

Where's Olivia Pope when you need her? If only Olivia Pope was a real person and not a fictional character on the television show Scandal, she'd know how to spin the fact that Malia Obama was caught on tape smoking weed.

The 18-year-old first daughter was caught smoking what appears to be a joint at Lollapalooza in Chicago in July.

Dancing wasn't the only thing Malia was doing at the music festival.

The video shared by Radar Online shows Malia briefly smoking what could be a marijuana cigarette. Eyewitness Jerrdin Selwyn, 18, told Radar Online, "I caught Malia smoking pot and I have the pictures to prove it." Sounds like a tattle tale to me. "You could smell the marijuana smoke," Selwyn insisted.

However, Malia doesn't smoke it for very long and she's not exactly holding it like a habitual weed smoker. She actually looks like a little kid who's pretending to be a sophisticated smoker.

"I saw some young guy hand her a cigarette and she took at least one hit on it," Selwyn said. "She had it in her hand for about one minute, then gave it back to him."

Wow, one hit! And she didn't take all of it. Malia gave the joint back to the person who gave it to her. One minute of weed smoking isn't enough to get anybody high, let alone buzzed. There's a better chance of getting stoned by contact high off of the crowd than a few drags off a marijuana cigarette.

Smoking weed at a music festival... who does that? Oh yeah, EVERYBODY!

Before you lose your mind that the President's daughter was smoking weed at a concert like 75 percent of the audience members, you should know that marijuana was recently decriminalized in the state of Illinois. State Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law this month that removes criminal penalties for those found in possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less

If you grew up under the scrutiny that Malia has, wouldn't you want to let loose and have fun a concert? Yes, you would. So give Malia a break. No wonder she's been twerking and has decided to take a year off — Malia Obama needs to have some fun!

Here's the extremely short video, and you can see for yourself that Malia is just acting like any teenager would.


Everybody experiments and does things they might not be proud of when they get older. Remember: even Malia's dad confessed in his memoir to smoking pot and using "a little blow" in high school and college.

A one-minute toke does not a drug addict make. And hey, what happens at Lollapalooza should stay at Lollapalooza.