President Barack Obama may be the commander-in-chief of the world’s most powerful nation. He is brave, and he is decisive. But when time comes to send his first daughter off to college, it’s safe to say that President Obama will get a little choked up for sure.
As he prepares to step down from office, President Obama’s legacy will include a number of achievements, most famously the elimination of Osama bin Laden, former Al Qaeda leader who had orchestrated the deadly U.S. attacks on 9/11. For the moment, though, Obama’s mind seemed more occupied by the fact that his daughter will be going off to college when he leaves the White House next year.
According to the White House, Malia Obama is set to attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017, as she takes a gap year before starting school. This way, Malia will become a member of Class 2021. Earlier this year, President Obama already got a little emotional saying that Malia will be attending college during a state dinner in honor of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
As he got onstage, President Obama remarked, “When I was first elected to this office Malia was 10 and Sasha was just 7. They grow up too fast. This fall Malia heads off to college. . . . I’m starting to choke up.”
In February, during his guesting for the Ellen De Generes Show, the president was very vocal about not being ready to see Malia leaving for college.
“I was asked if I would speak at her graduation and I said absolutely not because I’m gonna be sitting there with dark glasses sobbing. She’s one of my best friends.” (See video below)
The president has always been open that seeing his daughters grow up so fast is something that makes him choke up and overly apprehensive in a humorous way.
In 2013, during an event about fuel efficiency standards, Obama joked about Malia’s first car: “As some of you may know, it’s only a matter of time until Malia gets her learner’s permit. So I’m hoping to see one of those models that gets a top speed of 15 miles an hour, the ejector seat anytime boys are in the car.”
In 2012, he joked about hiring the secret service to interview Malia’s would-be suitors. “Oh, well that’s why we have Secret Service. She’s getting older. It makes me tear up just thinking about it.”
Meanwhile, President Obama also candidly shared his family’s future plans soon after he leaves the presidency during his last White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The American president confirmed that he and his family have “decided to stay in D.C. for a couple more years.” This is in order for their youngest daughter, Sasha, to finish high school. At the same time, Obama also admitted that this way, First Lady Michelle Obama “can stay closer to her plot of carrots.”