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Why Malia Makes Obama Cry

A conversation with his 17-year-old daughter made President Obama cry. What she said to her father is the kind of thing that cuts to the core of so many parents of teens.

Obama told the audience at a rally in Michigan, where he was promoting his plans for free community college, that he had to look away from his daughter during their conversation so he wouldn't come off as a crybaby.

Obama explained he was in his eldest daughter's room, wishing her a great first day of school. Malia is a senior at Sidwell Friends this year. Her sister Sasha attends the same school.

"She puts her head on my shoulder and she says, 'Daddy, you know, you realize this is probably going to be the last time that you ever send me off for my first day of school,'" People magazine reported.

Gut punch for parents of seniors everywhere.

The audience dutifully awwed at the president's moving story. He also articulated the second-most painful feeling for parents who are facing a final year of their child in school.

"It makes no sense. Michelle and I are way too young to have daughters who are both almost in college now," he told the crowed. "So, as a parent, I was a little freaked out."

Us too, Mr. President, us too.

Malia has not yet decided where she'll attend college, but reports say she is looking at all the top Ivy League schools.

Photograph by: AP

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