One can only imagine how hard it is growing up under a prominent political figure. There’s enormous scrutiny one must face while being in the public eye, but even more so when living under a magnifying glass for the American voter to criticize. Not only are these children looked at as American royalty, but they’re seen as people setting an example for their peers. For children and teens, enduring growing pains is already difficult, but it’s ten times more trying when there’s someone looking to catch a trip up.
Over the years we’ve seen many “wild children” roam the halls of the White House and other political establishments. Here are 12 examples of the wildest children of politicians and the worst trouble they ever got into.
12. The Bush sisters
Jenna and Barbara Bush might be all grown up now, but when their father, former President George W. Bush, was sitting in the White House, they made headlines for eight years due to their wild partying ways. They would often run red lights to get the secret service off of their trails, and would also dress in scantily clad clothing to get free drinks before they were 21. Due to their antics, the twins were referred to as “a secret service nightmare.”
11. Bristol Palin
Mom Sarah Palin might not have made it to the White House when she ran on John McCain’s ticket as VP, but she and her daughter have made major headlines ever since. Daughter Bristol became the public’s main fascination after she was revealed as pregnant at 18-years-old. Oddly enough, she went on to advocate teen abstinence, and later on became a contestant on “Dancing With The Stars.”
10. Lauren Spain
Lauren Spain, the 21-year-old daughter of Florida Tea Party congressional hopeful Paul Spain, was arrested earlier in 2016 after she got rowdy at a pre-game for Alabama. At the club Dirty Martini, she pushed a nightclub staff member and tried to bite a police officer once she was confronted. At the time, Spain was drunk and even claimed that she was untouchable because her father was running for U.S. Congress.
9. Meghan McCain
Meghan McCain, the daughter of John McCain, became a target once her father announced he was running on the Republican ticket for president. That said, the world wasn’t expecting Meghan to be the partying type. One report said she had gotten wild in Las Vegas and “smoked herbage.” At one time she told her Twitter followers, “Hope there are no pics taken, but if you do, make sure my [expletive] looks good.”
8. Ashley Biden
VP Joe Biden is known for being President Obama’s “cool wingman.” As it turns out, his daughter Ashley Biden might be a little too cool for school. Ashley is known as a “notorious partier” at her school Tulane University, and was even busted once for smoking pot illegally while in college.
7. Caroline Giuliani
Caroline Giuliani, the daughter of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, was arrested for shoplifting $150 of products from Sephora on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in 2010. She goes by the name of Caroline Hanover due to a strained relationship with her father, though it’s said that while arrested she gave the last name Giuliani anyway.
6. Liddy Huntsman
Described as the “wild child” in her family, Liddy Huntsman, the daughter of former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, was forced to deactivate her Twitter after officials deemed wasn’t “campaign appropriate” at the time. When her father won his election, it’s said that a pimp and two co-workers went over to her room for a celebration party.
5. Patti Davis
Patti Davis, daughter of former President Ronald Reagan, holds the “honor” of being the only daughter of a president to pose in the pages of Playboy. As is customary for Playboy, Davis decided to pose nude for the magazine. What also seemed to interest the American people were her outspoken liberal ways, which were in complete opposition to her father’s views.
4. Alexandra Kerry
Alexandra Kerry is the daughter of current Secretary of State John Kerry. While she has accomplished having a separate and successful career as a director and producer, she found herself in some trouble when she was caught driving under the influence while at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. That said, she was able to bounce back.
3. Noelle Bush
Noelle Bush is the daughter of former presidential hopeful Jeb Bush and the niece of former President George W. Bush. Unfortunately, Noelle has been in the headlines for drug abuse problems, which have resulted in a few arrests. At one point she was court ordered to go to rehab after she was caught trying to fill a prescription for Xanax under a different name. She was then caught in rehab hiding crack in her shoes, and spent ten days in prison.
2. Dominique Sharpton
Dominique Sharpton, the daughter of Reverend Al Sharpton, resisted arrest at one point. She and her mother were stopped after they cut police officers off in the middle of traffic. It was reported that they cursed the officers out. It’s said her reason for cutting off the officers was simple — “You were driving too slow. I have a play to go to.”
1. Ann Banaszewski
Ann Banaszewski is the daughter of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Her mug shot was spread around the internet when she was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and child endangerment. At the time, Ann was spotted as she drove away from a fast food joint in Illinois with her three children present. Police arrested her and the rest is history.
As you can see, some of these political daughters sure did have their wild days, but fortunately for most of them, they went on to enjoy successful careers. In some cases, like with John Kerry’s daughter, they continued on with their careers. Sadly, not every story ends in a happy ending as it’s said that Jeb Bush’s daughter, Noelle, still struggles with addiction. While he was running for president, Jeb said, “I have so many friends, so many people I’ve known that have through this. It crosses all barriers, all lines, all races, all income. It’s not easy.”