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Malia Obama's Birthday Greetings Spark Controversy

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Malia Obama and her sister speak to former President George W. BushMalia Obama and her sister speak to former President George W. Bush

Well-wishers tweeting Malia Obama a happy 19th birthday on Independence Day ignited the wrath of some.

Many took to social media in honor of what they've termed "Malia Obama Day," with some comparing her birthday to the shared holiday, the Daily Mail reports.

Some jokingly tweeted Malia's special day was more important than the national holiday.

"The 4th of July?" said one. "I don't know her. Happy Malia Obama Day!"

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"Happy 4th of July!" wrote a second person. "On this day 19 years ago Malia Obama signed the Declaration of Independence."

Even Chance The Rapper joined in, tweeting, "Happy Malia Obama Day!" instead of wishing Americans a happy Independence Day.

But many were far from amused over the tweets, with some calling them disrespectful.

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"All of you need help for disrespecting the country and the people who fight to preserve the independence we have," wrote one person.

"'Malia Obama Day?'" tweeted another. "WTF is that all about?"

"It's 4th of July whether you like it or not," admonished a third.

"These people who worship the obamas are sick... seriously delusional people. god syndrome i would say," chimed in a Daily Mail reader.

"So they hate America but fawn over the daughter of an oligarch?" quipped a fourth. "People don't think anymore."

Regardless of the controversy, however, it appears Malia enjoyed her birthday.

Malia celebrated her 19th in a low-key fashion at Surf Lodge in Montauk, New York, with just a little over a handful of friends, Page Six reports.

"No one was drinking," one source said. "They were dancing and kept wanting to have the music turned up. It was crazy how normal and down-to-earth she seemed. People kept saying Secret Service was there, but they were very discreet. I don’t think people even realized Malia was there."

A few weeks before her birthday, she was also photographed with the rest of her family vacationing in Indonesia, where her father had spent some of his childhood, the New York Post reports.

It's likely the 19-year-old is trying to rest up and rejuvenate before she starts at Harvard this fall.

Malia chose to take a gap year before beginning college, opting to intern with Harvey Weinstein and travel to South America during that time, Newsweek reports.

She was also seen protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

"It was amazing to see Malia," actress and activist Shailene Woodley recalled. "To witness a human being and a woman coming into her own outside of her family and outside of the attachments that this country has on her, but someone who's willing to participate in democracy because she chooses to, because she recognizes, regardless of her last name, that if she doesn't participate in democracy, there will be no world for her future children."

Sources: Daily Mail, Twitter (234, 5, 6Page Six, New York Post (2), Newsweek / Photo credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza via Wikimedia CommonsMaster Sergeant Cecilio Ricardo, United States Air Force via Wikimedia Commons, Pete Souza via Wikimedia Commons

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