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

Contango

Re: "appreciate,"

lol

Don't think, obey.

You just hate anyone who doesn't bow down to your Messiah. Good lil' Obamabot.

deertracker

Obey? LOL!

Contango

Re: "Obey?"

Yes.

deertracker

Obey? LOL!

Contango

Re: "Obey?"

Yes you do.

deertracker

Exactly how pooh? You just like to type!

Contango

Re: "You just like to type!"

And you like to blather.

CommonsenseNow

Hahahaha.

The Big Dog's back

He is so jealous. He lives such a miserable life. Ain't that right pooh?

Contango

Re: "jealous,"

Says the Pig-Dog. :)

jazzbo

They hate him in the Norwalk Reflector too.

Some guy there REALLY told Contango off ....about what a miserable man he must be -- it was very amusing and I enjoyed it.

bnjjad

"great role models" - Accomplished many things and their goals. Worked hard to get where they wanted to be. Good speakers and completed their education. Stand up for what they believe in to make a change. - Seems to be fairly good parental role models to me. (Don't look at the politics or the specifics, look at the things that they have done. Just because you don't believe in their values/policies, does not mean they are not role models in their own right) .

Also, the hatred that you and others spew regarding him and the democratic party leads me to believe that you shouldn't be a role model either. It is part of the problem. (Edit: I am not saying that the democratic party does not participate in the hate either, but it does not help solve problems either way)

Contango

Re: "Good speakers,"

Lousy speaker.

Take...ah...Pres. Obama off the...uh...teleprompter...and he....uh...adds...er...word fillers.

Public sector: Can't spend a dollar that they don't steal from somewhere else.

Less govt. would do this country a lot of good.

deertracker

He's a great speaker pooh and everyone but you agree because you hate the guy yet you are not even close to being in his league. Just the way it is pooh!

Contango

Re: "everyone but you agree,"

Nope.

bnjjad

"Lousy speaker." - Do I even need to bring up some of "dubya" Bushs greatest hits?

Contango

Re: "Bushs,"

Off-topic.

Mediocre. Not as lousy as the current POTUS.

Mrs. Clinton is lousy off script too, i.e. word fillers.

bnjjad

Bushs are of topic because you are saying he is a lousy speaker, I am refuting that he is better that W Bush. Nice try.

You tend to deflect when you have no counter argument and say "off topic" yet you bring in topics into conversation that have nothing to do with the article or the comments and try and grind gears. You are nothing but a Troll.

deertracker

That's what trolls do, especially when under the influence!

Contango

Re: "That's,"

Moronic blather.

Contango

Re: "he is better that W Bush,"

Nope. And worse than either presidents Clinton or Reagan.

Ever give a speech? I've given hundreds. Off-script, Pres. Obama is LOUSY!

bnjjad

I beg to differ about W Bush. -

"Is our children learning?"
"I'm the decider, and I decide what is best."
"I hear there's rumors on the Internets that we're going to have a draft."
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."

Contango

Re: "I beg to differ about W Bush,"

As I wrote: Mediocre.

You've never had speaker training have you?

If you did, you would know that it has NOTHING to do with politics.

bnjjad

Actually yes I have had speech training. I am not bringing Politics into this. I am just saying that in my opinion he is better than W Bush. I cant stand to listen to W Bush. Jeb Bush is the best speaker in that family, and H is a close second. W Grates me the wrong way every time he opens his mouth.

Get over it.

Edit: I have given numerous speeches from my Junior Year of High School on, I cannot count how many.

Contango

Re: "Junior Year of High School,"

And I've given numerous speeches in my professional career in front of hundreds.

Toastmaster graduate also.

Do you understand the meaning of the term "word filler"?

http://grammar.about.com/od/fh/g...

Pres. Obama is the worst. The man should have had some training somewhere along the way.

bnjjad

"And I've given numerous speeches in my professional career in front of hundreds." - As have I.

Um, yes, I know what "word filler" is.

jazzbo

@Contango-

Yeah , and those " hundreds " of people scratched their heads and thought : ' What the phuck ' ?

jazzbo

bnjjad , you are correct about the troll.

knowitall

Famous republicans.....McCain, Palin, Bush, Cheney.....some real sweethearts who have run government.

bnjjad

Off Topic Re: "Less govt. would do this country a lot of good"

In other news, you didn't refute any of the other things, so I must have been right somewhere.

As for role models, he is a hell of a lot better role model then most of the residents in Sandusky if the comment section opinions are anything to go by.

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