Malia Obama's visit to Brown University earlier this month didn't exactly go as planned. Undoubtedly the 17-year-old toured campus and examined the school's course offerings (rumor has it she's looking at film programs), but she was also discreetly photographed at a party playing beer pong. The photos leaked, leading to headlines on several mainstream sites. Now Brown's newspaper, the Brown Daily Herald, has published an apology to Malia, Uproxx reports.
The editorial, titled "Sorry Malia Obama," is actually pretty sweet and sincere. It underscores the pressure Malia must be feeling as she tours colleges and tries to cast a better light on students who outed her, saying "many Brown students were surprised and embarrassed to see themselves cited in the articles."
It is a shame that Malia was unable to visit Brown and enjoy herself at a party without several news headlines coming out about it the next day. While it is understandable that so many students were excited about her visit, it is likely that few of us would enjoy having strangers take pictures of us while we were unaware and post them on the Internet...Malia did not choose to grow up in the White House, and it is unfair that everything she does at just 17 years old is subject to such harsh scrutiny.
But the editorial board, which consists of five students, couldn't resist a last-ditch effort to lure Malia to Brown for undergrad:
While the chances of her selecting Brown have probably decreased since the publication of those articles, if she does ever come back to Brown, hopefully next time we will “have more chill.”
Dear Malia, Brown students totally understand if you never want to set foot on campus again—but if you do, it'll be great! We'll all be friends! No way anyone one will take secret Snapchat photos of you this time! Are you getting this, Malia?