Former President Barack Obama has proven that it doesn’t matter who you are, sending your child off to college is an emotional time.
This past Monday, Obama shared his feelings about his his eldest daughter, leaving the nest. “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,” Obama said at an event for the Beau Biden Foundation, according to WDEL radio.
Following Malia’s graduation from High School, she took a gap year before entering Harvard University this fall. Barack and Michelle helped their daughter move into her dorm at the end of August. Obama joked, “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.”
Obama said it’s our children and grandchildren that bring us joy, not what we have or have accomplished. In Obama’s presidential farewell address, he told his daughters, “Of all that I’ve done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad.”
According to Delaware Online, Obama’s appearance at the charity event in Delaware was a surprise. Obama wanted to show his support for the Foundation. “It is proper and right that somebody as thoughtful and genuine and strong as Beau [Biden] make it one of his missions that every child has protection,” Obama said.
Former Vice President Joe Biden thanked Obama. “Mr. President, you’ve been a great friend. Everybody, I think what they miss most is our memes,” Biden joked. “Mr. President, I can’t surprise you by giving you a medal of freedom, but I can give you a group of people who think you brought a lot of freedom to this country.”