Sometimes you learn something that is just so unexpected, you have no words to express your emotions — that's how many felt this week when they learned that Sasha Obama's legal name is Natasha.
What is most surprising about this revelation is how Obama's father occupied one of the most visible jobs in America, and yet during his entire tenure as President of the United States, many of us had no idea that one of the first daughters has used a nickname.
So how did word get out? Although Obama is no longer in office, America is still very interested in the former First Family's whereabouts. Barack and Michelle have been spotted jetting around the world on a much-deserved vacation, and older daughter Malia has been busy interning with Harvey Weinstein before heading to Harvard. This weekend, Sasha turned 16 (doesn't that make you feel old?) and Refinery29 senior features writer Ashley Ford tweeted her memory of finding out about Sasha's full name.
On Sunday, Ford wrote, "Today is the one year anniversary of me finding out Sasha Obama's actual first name is Natasha." Ford, a popular voice on Twitter, was the one to break the news to many others, who then reacted with a surprise equal to that of the discovery. And it spread from there, revealing to many that after eight years as the first daughter, we are just now learning Sasha Obama's legal name.
Feel free to join in on the collective freaking out below.
The Tweet That Started It All
Today is the one year anniversary of me finding out Sasha Obama's actual first name is Natasha.— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) June 11, 2017
Ford dropped a bomb on Twitter, then let us all react.
WAIT A DAMN MINUTE. WHO IS NATASHA OBAMA? pic.twitter.com/HjNo1eXq1a— Tallawah (@positiviTeee) June 12, 2017
Is there another Obama daughter we don't know about? Or have we been wrong this whole time? Apparently, the latter is true.
If The Conspiracy Queen Got Word
louise mensch finding out sasha obama's name is natasha pic.twitter.com/FuqTMP8cCZ— ceeks (@70Ceeks) June 12, 2017
Can you hear the conspiracy theorists typing away?
Where Were You When You Found Out?
where were you when you found out sasha obama's name is really natasha obama? me? wikipedia, new york, ny, june 12, 2016.— The Jimsonian (@SuuvamNeupane) June 12, 2017
Like so many other historical moments that shook the nation, today will henceforth be a day of remembrance.
Tell Everyone You Know
Because everyone should be aware.
We're just surprised this was kept under wraps for so long, is all.
Malia, Please Tell Us
I literally just fond out that Sasha Obama's real 1stname is Natasha & I'm wondering wtf Malia's real name is...Camilla??? #mindblown— Gigi (@green_i_girl) June 12, 2017
Can we trust any first daughter now?
Some Were Skeptical
Wait...Sasha Obama's real name is Natasha? pic.twitter.com/XKrTd0Rl6t— Kirstin Leigh (@kirstin_cheers) June 12, 2017
We're just a little taken aback.
And It's Caused A Few Awkward Conversations
I'll never forget the first time I called Natasha Obama Natasha Obama and someone was like "you mean Sasha?" pic.twitter.com/EUmSomSDed— Dr. L'Afrique ‼️ (@velvet_rope) June 12, 2017
Your friends may not believe you at first.
But Now That We Know...
Today is the one second anniversary of me finding out Sasha Obama's actual first name is Natasha. https://t.co/iwtKGuKSfw— Pearl K-Dot (@KhingEdward) June 12, 2017
We'll be sure to remember this little piece of Obama trivia.
Turns out the name "Natasha" has been in the news before. When she worked at Nancy's, a seafood restaurant on Martha's Vineyard, last summer, Sasha used her legal name.
Hopefully there aren't any other big revelations from the Obamas that we have yet to find out about. One surprise discovery is all the Internet can handle.