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President Barack Obama Attends Malia's High School Graduation, Proves He's Just a Normal Dad

by Desiree Murphy 4:44 PM PDT, June 10, 2016
Playing President Barack Obama Attends Malia's High School Graduation, Proves He's Just a Normal Dad

President Barack Obama is a proud father.

The Commander-in-Chief watched his eldest daughter, 17-year-old Malia Obama, graduate from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Judging from the pictures that were snapped at the event, POTUS proves that -- political status aside -- he's just a normal, loving dad.

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Malia's sister, Sasha -- who rang in her 15th birthday on the same day -- was also in attendance, along with their mother, First Lady Michelle Obama.

The president was asked to speak at the commencement ceremony, but politely declined the offer, hoping to just blend into the crowd and "cry," The Washington Post reported. And that's exactly what he did on Friday, taking a seat with the other proud family members of the private school graduates. He even sported a pair of black sunglasses!

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At one point, he made his way over to Malia, presenting her with a bouquet of white roses and a giant hug. He also stood, applauded and flashed a smile while his daughter's name was called to receive her diploma.

The school's official Twitter account later posted a photo of the graduating class, writing, "On a perfect June morning, joyfulness re16ned as the Class of 2016 received their diplomas."

The First Family was also spotted celebrating the occasion with lunch at Cafรฉ Milano, as one reporter tweeted. #FamilyGoals!

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The president has been dreading Malia's milestone moment for quite a while. Back in February, he was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he sweetly revealed he anticipated there would be tears.

"I'm going to be sitting there with dark glasses, sobbing," he gushed. "She's one of my best friends. And it's going to be hard for me not to have her around all the time. But she's ready to go. You can tell. She's just a really smart, capable person and she's ready to make her own way."

POTUS echoed those sentiments when he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday.

"Malia is very eager to get out of [The White House]," he explained. "I've got some sunglasses [for the ceremony], and I'm just gonna -- one more example of the president crying."

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As ET previously reported, Malia, who was just 10 years old when her father took office, will be taking a year off before enrolling at Harvard in the fall of 2017.

Barack isn't the only proud parent, however. Watch the video below to hear his wife gush over their gorgeous gals during her exclusive interview with ET at the White House's Easter Egg Roll in April.

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