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!!!

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.

Contango

Re: "you didn't refute any of the other things,"

Less govt. i.e. fewer bureaucrats (public sector).

"other things" Fairly repetitious; no need.

The Big Dog's back

Wow pooh, jealous of a successful man. I know it's hard to look at that failure in the mirror every morning. But hey, that's what you got the Kesslers for.

deertracker

LMAO!

Contango

Re: "Wow,"

Good to see that you have to live vicariously through an empty suited failure, sausage boy.

deertracker

Better than living in a jug of Kessler's! Real though, not vicariously!

Contango

Re: "Better,"

Blather.

bnjjad

Off Topic: "Less govt. i.e. fewer bureaucrats (public sector)."

So you agree then that he is a decent role model because he has completed his goals and stood up for what he believed in then? You haven't refuted any of that.

You keep bringing up Less govt - I didn't mention that ANYWHERE in my comment so stop bringing it up. Not to mention it has nothing to do with the article. This is not a political piece, this is a family piece.

Contango

Re: "completed his goals,'

You mean fundraisers and golfing?

bnjjad

Becoming a president, becoming a senator. Those were probably goals he set. He accomplished them.

I really hope you have nothing to do with shaping minds because you focus on all the wrong things. And you cant stay on topic.

Contango

Re: "president,"

A case of the Peter Principle.

bnjjad

Either way, he set that goal and accomplished it. It wasn't handed to him via the traditional "Peter Principle" way either.

BTW: Nice use of Peter Principle. I am actually impressed someone else knows that in this comment section.

Contango

Re: "he set that goal and accomplished it,"

So did the Borgias, in a Machiavellian way.

Contango

Re: "And you cant (sp) stay on topic,"

And you "can't" spell.

bnjjad

Sorry that I am on a smart phone commenting and that I missed an apostrophe.

At least I am on topic.

Contango

Re: "At least I am on topic."

The scope of the topic was broadened long ago, e.g. Pres. Obama's speaking skill, which you brought up in your original post.

bnjjad

Pres Obama's speaking skills has a direct relation to his political goals and policies? Interesting. I never discussed his policies. I only mentioned that he stood up for what he believed in and was a fairly good speaker In my Opinion. I didn't bring in Policies or actions.

sugar

Lost their law licenses due to illegal activities, hang with criminals and terrorists like Bill Ayers. Get the book by Ed Klein The Amateur, tells all about the 2 jokes in the WH.

The Big Dog's back

Get a job sugar. Spend less time listening to limpbaughs.

deertracker

LOL@BD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jazzbo

sugar is an unthinking parrot.

"Even Fox Guests Say Ed Klein Isn't Credible"

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201...

bnjjad

I am just surprised sugar reads. I guess with all that time off you need something to do other than watch Fox News. Wonder where sugar bought the book? Online? - Did sugar pay their sales tax? In Perkins? - Not supporting Sandusky businesses, tsk tsk.

deertracker
meowmix

Sugar probably struggles to get through a book by Dr. Seuss. But, I'm sure has every book by Sarah Palin because of the purdy crayola drawings in them.

Cowboy

Her parents are great role models???? I just blew pop out my nose I laughed so hard!

deertracker

Good, I hope it burns! Refute me if you can!

bnjjad

Try and refute the things i brought up in my comment.

jazzbo

Cowboy , you must be a stupid person.

The Big Dog's back

Yep, 2 Black parents who have college degrees and are successful. Sure that wasn't coke you blew up your nose?

The Big Dog's back

And of course the right wingnuts come on here and attack the Black man, even though it has nothing to do with politics. And the right wingnuts say they aren't racists. I have some prime swamp land to sell you.

Contango

Re: "prime swamp land to sell you."

Only between your ears, Pig-Dog.

jazzbo

off-topic

mikeylikesit

he's half white too. are they only attacking half of him? i think he should be attacked equally. attacking the white side should be easy. there's no race card to deflect the attack, and no risk of being charged with a hate crime..

Julie R.

I can remember feeling the same way as President Obama & Michelle. All parents do.

deertracker

Me too! She looks like her dad!

holysee

4 more years
repuglican tears
republicon fears
4 more years

Dr. Information

Give her one year in college and the freshman 40 will be packed on and she'll have an Ophrah a$$ like her mom does. Lol

Cowboy

She will be tapped more than the Tap House!

sugar

Now that's funny!

jazzbo

The 3 retards have spoken.

Cowboy

I know how to get all these freeloaders to shut up........ Your food stamps just showed up in the mail!

The Big Dog's back

Still "snortin" cowpunch?

bnjjad

And how would one know when the foodstamps show up in the mail? Receive them yourself? I don't know their schedule, nor do I want to.

sugar

It is close to the first of the month.

meowmix

You must know that sugar because that is when your SSI check comes eh?

Donegan

Somehow she is any different from the other 1%ers that go off to ivy league schools how? Good for her she bought her way into a school and not saddled with crippling debt like the morons who made her daddy rich. Good for you kid, You were born with that silver spoon enjoy the hell out of it!

deertracker

Your last statement is not true!

Donegan

Ok my bad, She was born with a gold spoon.

jazzbo

....and you were born with you head in your azz , Donegan.

There you go again

Too bad Obama doesn't get emotional over the mess he has created in our beautiful country. Instead he takes his pompous $$ to the golf course when the going gets tough.

The Big Dog's back

Yep. I like golfing too. And I hit the ball well because I picture each ball as a right wingnut and blast the heck out of it.

Donegan

Typical Libtard, A Violent, Non-thinking animal that cannot stand when others express their constitutionally protected right to disagree with their god.

jazzbo

More nonsense from an idiot.

bnjjad

"A Violent, Non-thinking animal" - Some would say this is an appropriate descriptor of a Republican as well. Especially considering you can't help but call them "libtards"

1. Violent - You love your guns and NRA (I have nothing against guns btw, and own several myself)
2. Non Thinking - You let a ancient book dictate your policies and thoughts.

Donegan

I do not subscribe to any party and as for being violent i do not go around threatening of advocating violence for disagreeing with me. For religion i do not broadcast of try to enforce mine upon anyone else unlike the Obama worshipers.
I call them libtards because i have found calling them retards insults those that are mentally handicapped. (I believe Progressive/liberals are mentally disabled but that's a grey area for most)The nazi's were violent non-thinking animals as well, If you look you can find a lot of similarities between the two.

The Big Dog's back

Tell 'em done again. You are a faithful follower of conspiracy theorist and total wack job Alex Jones.

bnjjad

" For religion i do not broadcast of try to enforce mine upon anyone else unlike the Obama worshipers." - I feel like you are either leaving out your views on the Republicans, or you don't pay quite enough attention to the news. Republicans are more Religious then the Democrats and are much more loud about their beliefs, especially on certain topics.

"I do not subscribe to any party" - Same Here

"as for being violent i do not go around threatening of advocating violence for disagreeing with me." - neither do I, however it can be said of both parties.

Donegan

I agree it comes from both parties. The reason i go after the Democrats are they have become increasingly more radical during the last 20 years to the point where this president is being given a pass for the same things Bush was demonized for (And rightfully so. The hypocrisy is deafening from the left.) The history of the progressives is filled with human abuses and continues to be so to the point of throwing out constitutional rights for so called made up "Human rights" that do nothing besides destroy our system and create havoc. The republicans are actually trying to play within the confides of the constitution, The Dems not so much. With the targeting of opposition groups through government agencies for political affiliation this sets a dangerous precedent that the obamadrones do not see. They are called useful idiots for a reason. Ask Dog or Jazz if they agree the president should be able to murder a citizen without due process and you'll see what i mean.
For religion, I do not believe any religion should take precedence over constitutional rights.

The Big Dog's back

done again, have you read the comments on this story from your like minded people? You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all of the time. You don't fool me a bit with your right wingness.

Donegan

Oh look one of those non-thinking violent animals! Who would you wish the president to smite today, A political opponent or perhaps just someone you feel at odds with?

meowmix

Republican president's children--
George W. and Laura Bush with twin daughters Jenna and Barbara, 19, in tow. The girls had been cited by police in Texas just a few days earlier for underage drinking offenses in a popular Tex-Mex restaurant. Jenna Bush managed to graduate Austin UT with that big old impressive bachelor degree in English. Her twin sister also received a bachelor degree in "Humanities" from Yale. WOW!!!!

Ronald Reagan===Reagan's relationships with his four children, however, often were far from the national ideal, or even the norm.
As narrator David Ogden Stiers noted in a public television American Experience documentary on Reagan, "He preached family values, but presided over a dysfunctional family."

Meanwhile---Chelsea Clinton received an undergraduate degree at Stanford University and later earned master's degrees from Oxford University and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and a DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2014.

Contango

Re: "Chelsea Clinton"

And she works for her father.

For the 1%, life is hard. :)

Babo

You seem to be suggesting that no one should be allowed to employ their children in their family owned businesses or provide them with any advantages.

Contango

Re: "You,"

Not in the least.

After the listing of her 'glowing' academic accomplishments, she ends up coming home to daddy and mommy.

Seems disingenuous. Poor, poor lil' rich girl.

Feel bad for the liberal 1%.

Dr. Information

Obama's daughter is going to get her degree in knob bobbing.

The Big Dog's back

How does it feel to be a piece of sheeet no info? Picking on women again huh? Do you hate your mother/sister?

meowmix

BD-- I think that comment by no-info was his poor attempt at humor. Seems a shame that he had to stoop to post such a crude remark at the expense of a young woman. Just goes to show that ignorance knows no bounds. Pathetic.

Dr. Information

Oh but ripping on Palin is ok? Agreeing that she needs literally pooped on is right, right? I mean I clearly remember Pig Dog and a few other no brainers on here poking fun and ripping into her. Seems you libitards are once again hypocrites.

deertracker

Is palin 16? Your rude comments about this young girl that has never done a thing to you is just pathetic. You should go hide.

Dr. Information

And Palin has done what to you. Go hide kid.

The Big Dog's back

palin was very offensive.

Dr. Information

offensive? wow, you are lost. How about your rip and rants about Anne Romney? Let me guess, she was offensive also? Kid, go back to school.

The Hero Zone's picture
The Hero Zone

That is completely inappropriate. Both to her as an individual and to transfer your disdain with her father's job as President onto her.

knowitall

Dr......you seem like a very immature person. I hope you are not perverted. Your comment was very disgusting. Remember that when and if you ever have a female child.

looking around

Simply amazing, the first family rejoices the accomplishments of their oldest daughter, proud as any mother and father on this blog should be of their own children. However the republicans here can do nothing but make stupid comments, comments that have nothing to do with this story. Regardless of how you feel about this presidency do you really think that ill will and failure should be wished upon this young lady? It's no wonder that the republican party today is looked on with disdain, they are despicable people. May your sons and daughters learn from your mistakes and become active in the democrats purge of such BS.

Babo

And people wonder why it is difficult to attract new businesses and well educated people to this area.

Contango

Re: "And people wonder,"

Who is it that is wondering?

Many of the best and brightest have been splitting for several decades.

It used to be said: New Departure had the best educated production lines in Sandusky because so many were college grads.

Now if they're smart - they leave.

knowitall

Leave for what? Where are the jobs? Not in this area for sure.

KURTje

Malia going to college - pooh - go to Texazz.

Dr. Information

What she gonna do with that big fat butt.................Wiggle wit it..........just wiggle wit it.

coasterfan

If the millions of Fox News viewers could be distilled into a single person, it would sound like Contango. Angry. Old. Hateful. Paranoid. White. He is an embarrassment, who is still perfectly fine with everything that happened during the disastrous Bush presidency, but can't resist trolling a completely innocuous article about the President's daughter going to college.

Then, we have people like Dr. Info who make racially charged remarks that only serve to spotlight their own ignorance. Thanks to you both for reminding us why the Republican Party has difficulty attracting new members.

Dr. Information

Racially charged remarks? Fat butts only exist on black women? Wow.

Dutigas

Just another cost for us Tax payer's