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Incident Leaves Malia Obama Looking Shaken Outside Job (Photos)

| by Lauren Briggs

Malia Obama kept a low profile going to and from her internship in New York after Secret Service agents confronted a suspicious looking man loitering outside her office.

On April 13, Malia headed to work at the Weinstein Co. in Manhattan, keeping her head down as she entered the office building, notes the Daily Mail.

According to Hollywood Life, the former first daughter is typically all smiles when photographers capture her on her way to her development job, but she did not crack a grin or make eye contact after an incident on April 12, where her security officers reportedly approached a sighted man pretending to be blind, notes the Daily Mail.

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The man, who was holding a cane and wearing thick, dark sunglasses and a Rastafarian hat, had allegedly been watching the 18-year-old from the other side of the street, so at least three plainclothes agents approached him and interrogated him for almost an hour.

They eventually took the man's picture, had him fill out a bunch of paperwork and made him leave the area.

While the agents were talking to the man, Malia slipped out of the building through a side door.

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Malia is enrolled to start attending Harvard in the fall and is completing her internship during a gap year. The paid position at the company that produced "The King's Speech," "The Artist," "Shakespeare in Love," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Django Unchained" and "Good Will Hunting" is expected to run through the Spring, notes TMZ.

The soon-to-be college student is working in the development department and reading scripts and pitching the good ones to studio executives.

Though former first children automatically receive Secret Service protection until the age of 16, thanks to a bill introduced in 2012 and signed in 2013 by former President Barack Obama, Malia is far from the first to have her coverage extended past that age, notes the Belleville News-Democrat. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also authorized extended coverage for their daughters after leaving the White House.

The 2012 measure also ensures that all former presidents and their spouses receive lifetime Secret Service protection, which was previously limited to 10 years in 1994 but restored amid safety concerns in a post-September 11 world.

"We must make sure that the safety and security of our former chief executives is not jeopardized," Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas said during the bill's debate, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.

Sources: Daily Mail, Hollywood Life, TMZ, Belleville News-Democrat / Photo credit: Instagram (23)

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