President Obama Already Emotional About Malia Heading to College

The 16-year-old first daughter has started touring campuses.

Posted: 07/29/2014 05:00 PM EDT

Malia Obama still has two years to go before she heads off to college, but her dad is already feeling the tugs on his heartstrings. In a commencement speech delivered to high school graduates in Worcester, Massachusetts, President Obama said he is already getting prepared for the upcoming milestones in his older daughter's life.

"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," he said.

The 16-year-old is heading into her junior year of high school at the private Sidwell Friends School and has already started touring colleges. She's been spotted at the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University. In his address, President Obama shared the advice he gave his daughter about choosing a school.

"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."

As the Huffington Post notes, shortly after Malia starts college in the fall of 2016, the Obamas will leave the White House in January 2017, signaling a new phase not just for her but for the entire family as well.


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