Obama Will Not Speak at Malia’s Graduation Because He Is ‘Going to Cry’

During a lunch in Detroit on Wednesday, President Obama told guests he refused a request to speak at his daughter Malia’s high school graduation because he’ll be too busy crying. “Malia’s school asked if I wanted to speak at commencement and I said no,” the president explained. “I’m going to be wearing dark glasses ... and I’m going to cry.” I love it whenever President Obama gets all “emotions” over his daughters.

According to ABC News, Obama’s comments could not fully be heard since the conversation was sporadically caught on radio, but it was probably more about crying. Malia, who is currently a senior in high school and graduating this spring, spent last year touring schools such as Brown, Stanford, Yale, Princeton and Columbia—her father’s alma mater. She has not yet announced which university she will attend.


The president has never been shy when it comes to speaking about his daughters, Malia and Sasha. Last September, he admitted to being emotional over Malia’s first day of her senior year. “She puts her head on my shoulder and she says, ‘Daddy, you know, you realize this is probably going to be the last time that you ever send me off for my first day of school,’” he said. “I had to look away.”

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