Obama gets emotional over Malia going to college

President's daughter has been seen touring University of California at Berkeley and Palo Alto, Calif., campus of Stanford
Associated Press
Jul 29, 2014

President Barack Obama is practically weepy at the thought of his daughter Malia going off to college, a milestone many months away that is already on his mind.

Malia barely reached up to her father's shoulders when they moved to the White House nearly six years ago with her mother, little sister and grandmother. At 16, she stands nearly as tall as her 6-foot-1 dad and is visiting college campuses in preparation for that bittersweet day in the fall of 2016 when she trades her White House bedroom for a dorm.

She has been seen touring the University of California at Berkeley and the Palo Alto, California, campus of Stanford, where another president's daughter, Chelsea Clinton, attended college.

In a commencement address to high school graduates in Worcester, Massachusetts, Obama said he's practicing for what's coming in two years. "So I'm trying to get used to not choking up and crying and embarrassing her. So this is sort of my trial run here."

Obama said during a question-and-answer session with the chief executive of Tumblr, a social media site, that his daughter, like young people in general, should shop around for a college.

"We tell her, 'Don't assume that there are 10 schools that you have to go to, and if you didn't go to those 10, that somehow things are going to be terrible,'" he said. "There are a lot of schools out there."

Malia goes into the 11th grade this fall at the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington. The Sidwell parent's guide to college counseling suggests that juniors take the PSAT test in October, visit colleges as time allows, take the SAT exam in March and set up a family meeting with a college counselor in late spring, among other steps.

Michelle Obama is also thinking about her daughter's departure. In a commencement-eve address to Topeka, Kansas, high school seniors, the first lady said: "Days like this make me think of my own daughters, so forgive me if I get a little teary."

Chelsea Clinton and her mother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, toured some colleges together, at times attracting a horde and at other times going unnoticed. Then-President Bill Clinton never joined them, mainly because of the disruption that would have been caused by the large entourage that follows a president in public.

The prevalence of social media and cellphone cameras practically guarantees that Malia's college search will be even more documented than Chelsea Clinton's 17 years ago. In September 1997, more than 200 journalists showed up to cover her first day at Stanford.

Bill Clinton and his wife, who was Obama's first secretary of state, were shocked when their only child chose to attend college some 3,000 miles away. Her parents were educated at East Coast universities — Georgetown for him and Wellesley for her — before they met at Yale Law School. And they thought Chelsea would follow their path.

In her syndicated newspaper column, Hillary Clinton wrote about her dread at having to say goodbye to Chelsea.

Malia's journey into the next phase of her life will be a similarly emotional time for Obama, who grew up without his dad. He talks about his desire to be a "present" father for Malia and Sasha, 13, and how living in the White House enabled the family to spend more time together than ever before. The Obamas lived in Chicago when the girls were born, but he was often away in Springfield, Illinois, when he was a state senator, or in Washington representing Illinois as a U.S. senator.

Children already seem to grow up too fast, but it "happens more suddenly for a president and a president can feel cheated," said Doug Wead, who interviewed 19 children of presidents for his book, "All the Presidents' Children." ''The president is feeling some angst over this, and rightly so."

Already this summer, Malia has worked in Los Angeles as a production assistant on the set of "Extant," a new CBS sci-fi thriller starring Halle Berry and produced by Democratic Party donor Steven Spielberg. She's also learning how to drive.

Perhaps compounding emotions for the Obamas is that they, too, will follow Malia out of the White House shortly after she starts college.

His presidency ends in January 2017, a few months after she departs.

 

Comments

sugar

What a waste of space this piece is, oh AP, butt kiss press.

bnjjad

Oh what a waste of space your comment is, oh sugar, complainer. (Why did you even bother clicking on the article?)

Edit: I think we have found the reason that you are so against more taxes and everything else. No Job? You have the most time to comment on articles of anybody else.

deertracker

Agreed!

sugar

Liberals are so ignorant. Lol, as if attacking me changes in anyway the FAILED PRESIDENCY of the mulatto POTUS put into office by the lowest common denominator.

deertracker

You sugar palin are the lowest common denominator.

WeThePeople1965

I don't like his way of leading the country, either. But I realize that he's a man with a family before he's a president.

Horace Mann

Persistent hatemonger.

Contango

Hopefully she'll do something productive with her life, instead of becoming a lawyer or going into public service like her parents.

jazzbo

I hope she doesn't go into the insurance business - that would be a wasted life.

freespeech1

Like her mother was? Oh yes mrs obummer made tons of money working in the insurance industry. Then lost her law license.

deertracker
jazzbo

Freebullsh!t#2--

Ive got you pegged :
You let Alex Jones think for you and you have your head up your a$$.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/o...

You should be embarrassed but youre too dumb.

Contango

Factcheck.org.

Lefty website. No credibility.

Michelle had a $300K annual Mkting position at the U of C Hospital.

The position went unfilled after she left. Cronyism.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focu...

deertracker

Your point?

Contango

Re: "Your point?"

Can't you read?

deertracker

Your point pooh! Get on point!

jazzbo

FreeRepublic.com

Righty website. No credibility.

CommonsenseNow

Right on. Fact check is funded by libs ; not many people know that.

The Big Dog's back

freesheet1, DNA tests show you are the father of your pet snake.

freespeech1

And yours is a turkey baster

CommonsenseNow

I see the boys are bickering again. Lol. Sometimes these blogs are pretty entertaining. Hahahaha. Bet you guys would be hilarious if you all got together. Grumpy old men part 5.

looking around

@Jazzbo^^^^^^^ LOL, is that what conmantango does! I always wondered. Insurance salesman LOL!

jazzbo

Im pretty sure that's what he does / did.

conmantango = I like this version.

deertracker

Public service is productive pooh. You don't have to be a public servant to do public service. Her parents are great role models for her.

Contango

Re: "Her parents are great role models,"

Would expect nothing less from a programmed Obamabot.

Again: Hopefully she doesn't become a public sector parasite.

deertracker

You're just jealous!

Contango

Re: "jealous"?

No, I'm perfectly fine without an Obama brain-anal probe.

Enjoy your's though. I know it makes you happy.

Horace Mann

Persistent hatemonger.

Contango

Re: "Persistent hatemonger."

I just respond in kind, Sport.

deertracker

That little green monster is at it again. Don't hate, appreciate... pooh!!!

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