Obama reveals daughter Malia's peanut allergy at bill signing
November 13th, 2013
09:08 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama reveals daughter Malia's peanut allergy at bill signing

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a bill that, it turns out, hits close to home.

H.R. 2094, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, was passed with bipartisan support to help students with food allergies, including oldest daughter Malia.

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"This is something that will save children's lives," the President said at the signing. "Some people may know that Malia actually has a peanut allergy. She doesn't have asthma, but obviously making sure that EpiPens are available in case of emergency in schools is something that every parent can understand."

The new law provides incentives to schools to set up plans to have EpiPens and trained staff members more readily available.

It gives funding preferences for asthma treatment grants to states where schools keep emergency supplies of epinephrine, allow school employees with training to administer it and develop a plan to make sure trained staffers are available during all school hours.

This is the first time Obama spoke of Malia, 15, having a peanut allergy.

Earlier, the family revealed that she suffered from allergies and that they were part of the decision on what kind of dog to get after the president took office.

–CNN's Steve Brusk and Conor Finnegan contributed to this report.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Tigas

    Sorry, but relevancy = None

    Maybe she can sign up for Obamacare and be treated by peanut allergy specialists...

    November 13, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Go ahead idiots, start attacking the President's Daughter if it makes you feel better about yourselves.

    November 13, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    One of my sons has a peanut allergy (and underlying mild asthma) and although he has never had a full-on anaphylactic reaction (thank goodness), we still always have a set of EpiPens on hand (at home, at school, and with him whenever he goes to a friend's house, etc.).

    Our school has trained the administrators and teachers in how to use EpiPens and the district nurse has an anaphylaxis plan in place for each student, including my son. This is essential, because treating anaphylaxis is not something you can improvise. I fully support President Obama's efforts and H.R. 2094.

    November 14, 2013 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    "how dare the POTUS make life-saving medicine available at schools???? That soshulist marxist dictator!!!!! We have a right to deny kids with allergies the medicine if we want to"......signed....the GOP and their herd of sheep

    November 14, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  5. Dina

    It's probably not even true. lol. He probably wants to divide the people with peanut allergies against the people without peanut allergies or he wants to act like he's one of us. He's not one of us – he thinks we're stupid and he is right – this country voted for him twice. Do you remember when he cried when he was elected the second time, that's because he was shocked that he pulled that off. This man thinks he is above everything we stand for and he feels that he knows better and has to change it for our good. He has no idea what being an American is about. We strive for independence, he wants to keep everyone enslaved with these huge government entitlements. He divided and conquered. What gets me most is that he is a liar and gets away with it time after time. Why are people not paying attention.

    November 14, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |