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

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.

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