Last month, we saw former President Barack Obama and FLOTUS Michelle Obama move their oldest daughter, Malia Obama, into a Harvard dorm.
In the pictures we saw, the Obamas, in particular, Barack, looked giddy. It turns out it was a misread.
During an event at the Beau Biden Foundation earlier in the week, Obama revealed that dropping Malia off at college was an emotional, very difficult experience for him, comparing the moment to “open-heart surgery:”
According to a video from WDEL Radio, he told the crowd:
“For those of us who have daughters, it just happens fast. I dropped off Malia at college, and I was saying to Joe and Jill [Biden] that it was a little bit like open-heart surgery and I was proud that I did not cry in front of her. But on the way back, the Secret Service was off, looking straight ahead, pretending they weren’t hearing me as I sniffled and blew my nose. It was rough.”
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Obama delivered this portion of his off-the-cuff speech with his trademark comedic timing. However, the next portion of the speech was when Obama got a little more serious, saying that the moment was “a reminder that, at the end of our lives, whatever else we’ve accomplished, the things that we’ll remember are the joys that our children — and hopefully way later, our grandchildren — bring us.”
According to CNN, Obama’s appearance at the Beau Biden Foundation was a surprise to those in the crowd. The former president said he was there to “show support” to a family he cares “deeply about.”
The Beau Biden Foundation was established in 2015 and named after former Vice President Joe Biden’s oldest son who died from brain cancer.