Malia Obama was just 10 years old and longing for a promised puppy when her family moved into the White House.

She’s marked plenty of life’s milestones over the past seven years while growing up in the public eye: getting and shedding braces, learning to drive, making college tours, even spending brief stints away from her family. She will celebrate a big milestone Friday when she graduates from her private Washington high school, diploma in hand and the world at her feet.

Even presidents are parents, and it hasn’t always been easy for Barack Obama to watch as his nearly 18-year-old daughter —”one of my best friends” — has grown up fast, and in front of the whole world.

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