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The Sweet Reason Why Obama Won't be Speaking at Malia's Graduation

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The Short of It

President Obama says he won't give the commencement address at Malia's graduation because he'd rather just sit there and cry. Aw!

The Lowdown

It's seems like a no-brainer: Your dad is President of the United of States, so he'll deliver your high school graduation address, right?


Obama says he won't be giving the commencement address at his oldest daughter Malia's upcoming graduation because he'll be too overcome with emotion. Malia is currently finishing her senior year at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. She is expected to attend college in the fall and has already visited a bunch of schools, including the University of California, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale.

But POTUS is not looking forward to the first daughter leaving home. He reportedly told guests at a lunch in Detroit on Wednesday that he will be fighting back tears when he watches the 17-year-old move on to the next phase of her life, which is why he would prefer to just "cry and sit there" with the other parents in the audience during her graduation ceremony.


Last week during a town hall meeting in Baton Rouge, La., the President reportedly told the crowd he can't even talk about Malia leaving home because it makes him cry.

The Upshot

So sweet! We love that the President isn't afraid to show emotion! Still, we can't help but wonder if Malia is actually breathing a sigh of relief right now, because we all know how embarrassing some famous parents can be!

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