Barack Obama won't be speaking at daughter Malia's graduation because he's 'going to cry'

Barack Obama and Michelle have two daughters Malia, 17, and Sasha, 14.

Olivia Blair
Thursday 21 January 2016 11:20 GMT
Sasha Obama, Barack Obama and Malia Obama on Thanksgiving Day, 2015
Sasha Obama, Barack Obama and Malia Obama on Thanksgiving Day, 2015 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images))

Barack Obama, a man whose speeches are watched by millions, has reportedly decided not to speak at his daughter Malia’s high school graduation because he’s “going to cry”.

The US President was overheard telling diners at a lunch in Detroit that he turned down a request to speak at the ceremony because he will be too overcome with emotion, according to ABC News.

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

Only part of the conversation could be heard as it was apparently captured on audio.

Malia, his oldest daughter, is expected to graduate in a few months when she will finish high school. It has not been revealed what the 17-year-old will do when she finishes but she was apparently spotted working as an intern on the set of the Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow-produced television series Girls last summer.

The President, who is in his last year in office, was recently moved to tears as he watched Aretha Franklin give a powerful performance of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the annual Kennedy Centre Honours ceremony in Washington DC.

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