President Obama Explains Why He Declined To Speak At Malia's Graduation Ceremony

| by Sean Kelly
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President Barack Obama said that although he was invited to speak at his daughter Malia’s graduation ceremony, he declined — for a very valid reason.

The president was overheard speaking to supporters during a lunch stop in Detroit Jan. 20, saying that he had been asked to give a speech at his oldest daughter’s high school graduation.

“Malia's school asked if I wanted to speak at commencement, and I said no,” he said, according to ABC News.

“I'm going to be wearing dark glasses ... and I’m going to cry," he added.

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The president’s daughter, 17-year-old Malia Obama, is set to graduate from Washington, D.C.’s Sidwell Friends School in the spring, The Hill notes. She is expected to begin college in the fall.

Sources: ABC News, The Hill / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons (2)