President Barack Obama is preparing himself for his eldest daughter’s high school graduation, but he’s aware his emotions will get the best of him when he sees Malia Obama walk across the stage to receive her diploma.

ABC News reports the president opened up about his daughter’s big day during lunch at the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery in Detroit on Wednesday. Obama was in town to attend the North American Auto Show at Cobo Center.

Turns out, Obama was actually given the opportunity to speak at the 17-year-old’s ceremony, but he turned it down because he’ll be too busy crying.

ABC News reports:

“Malia’s school asked if I wanted to speak at commencement and I said no,” the president said. “I’m going to be wearing dark glasses … and I’m going to cry.”

The entirety of President Obama’s comments could not be overheard as his exchange was caught only sporadically on audio.

Malia is currently in her senior year at the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Washington.

It’s unclear what she will study once she goes to college, but the teen has interned on the set of HBO’s Girls and Halle Berry’s drama Extant, both of which highlight her interest in TV and film.

While the country waits to follow Malia’s college career, Obama’s lunch choice at Jolly Pumpkin was comically revealed on Facebook:

You’ve been asking! The official President Obama order was… a JP Cheddar Burger and Truffle fries! We will be running the Presidential Cheddar Burger Special all night! Join us tonight and sit in the President’s seat. #potus #detroit #greatdayfordetroit

SOURCE: ABC News | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform, Facebook | PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram


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