President Barack Obama Gets Choked Up During Malia and Sasha's State Dinner Debut
By Rachel McRady
Daddy’s little girls are all grown up! On Thursday night, Sasha and Malia Obama attended their first State Dinner, looking beautiful and mature, almost eight years after their father became President of the United States.
The event honored Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who mentioned President Barack Obama’s two daughters in his speech.
“I admire you very much, both of you, for your extraordinary strength and your grace,” Trudeau said of the teens, adding that their experience in the White House would give them “strength and wisdom beyond your years for the rest of your life.”
President Obama also spoke about his daughters’ time in living in the White House, noting, “When I first elected to this office, Malia was just 10 and Sasha was 7. And they grow up too fast. Now Malia is going off to college … and I’m starting to choke up.”
Other celebrities at the event included Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Oh, Mike Myers and Michael J. Fox. Michelle Obama was also in attendance, wearing a stunning, strapless Jason Wu printed gown.
The sisters have attended several other official events recently, including the annual turkey pardoning at Thanksgiving in November.