President Barack Obama Attends Malia’s High School Graduation

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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.