Talking about Malia going to college turns Obama into a 'crybaby'

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Obama Says Malia's First Day of Senior Year 'Freaked Him Out'

When talking about his plan to give free community college to as many Americans as possible in Michigan on Wednesday — calling education "the secret sauce, the secret to America's success" — President Obama announced that he does have some mixed feelings about higher education, as he is on the verge of having to send a kid off to college for the first time. "Just yesterday, Malia started her first day of senior year. You know, I was sitting in her room because I was going to see her off her first day of 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.'"

The audience began to "aww," according to People. The 17-year-old has been getting ready to head off into the real world for a while, doing internships with HBO and CBS and touring Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Tufts, Stanford, Wesleyan, University of California Berkley, NYU, and Columbia. "And I started — I had to look away. I didn't want to just be such a crybaby. It makes no sense. Michelle and I are way too young to have daughters who are both almost in college now. So as a parent, I was a little freaked out," America's dad-in-chief said, pretending to wipe away a tear.

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Talking about Malia going to college turns Obama into a 'crybaby'
US President Barack Obama and daughter Malia make their way to board Air Force One before departing from Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles on April 8, 2016. Obama is heading to San Francisco to take part in a Democratic National Committee roundtable discussion and to attend a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 07: U.S. President Barack Obama walks with his daughter Malia toward Marine One while departing the White House April 7, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama was scheduled to speak at the University of Chicago Law School, where he was expected to urge senate Republicans to hold hearings on his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama congratulates his daughter Malia on her birthday during the Independence Day celebration at the White House in Washington U.S., July 4, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
US President Barack Obama and daughter Malia make their way to board Air Force One before departing from Chicago OHare International Airport in Chicago on April 7, 2016. Obama is heading to Los Angeles to attend fundraisers. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama's daughters Sasha (L) and Malia listen to their father during the pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey "Cheese" at the White House in Washington November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
U.S. President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia walk in the rain from Marine One to board Air Force One upon their departure from Los Angeles, California April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
FILE - This Nov. 27, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama's daughter Malia at the White House in Washington. A teenage rite of passage has come through the White House, with President Barack Obama revealing daughter Malia recently attended her first prom. Obama wouldn’t say whether his older daughter had a date or went with friends. He joked it’s “classified information” during an interview airing Friday on television talk show "Live! With Kelly and Michael.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
US President Barack Obama (R) and daughter Malia make their way across the South Lawn upon return to the White House on January 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama and his family returned to Washington after spending the holidays in Hawaii. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Malia Obama serves ice cream to children during a visit to soldiers and their families at the U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza, northern Italy, Friday, June 19, 2015. Michelle Obama, who is visiting Italy on the second leg of a European trip, thanked the U.S. soldiers and their families for their service. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Malia Obama, left, and sister Sasha Obama laugh together as they leave a speech by their father President Barack Obama at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., on the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday," a landmark event of the civil rights movement, Saturday, March 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Malia Obama, center, accompanies her father, President Barack Obama, and her friends, through Central Park in New York, Saturday, July 18, 2015. Obama is spending a mainly personal weekend with his daughters in New York City. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Malia, the daughter of U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, leaves after joining her mum and sister Natasha to visit British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha at 10 Downing Street, in London, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Schoolgirls in east London greeted U.S. first lady Michelle Obama with song, interpretive dance and squeals of joy Tuesday as she traveled to the British capital to promote education for girls. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
President Barack Obama, right, watches his daughter Malia, left, wear her ballcap backwards as they watch Princeton vs Wisconsin-Green Bay women's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament in College Park, Md., Saturday, March 21, 2015. Sitting between them his Obama's nephew Avery Robinson. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Malia Obama, left, waves to her cousin Princeton forward Leslie Robinson as she walks to her seats behind President Barack Obama before an NCAA college basketball game between Princeton and Wisconsin-Green Bay in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Saturday, March 21, 2015, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: Malia Obama (R) participates in a literacy service project at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, DC to mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, January 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Obama family visited the Boys and Girls Club and helped paint murals and put together literacy kits. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) and her daughter Malia joke with children during a lunch at the United States and Nato military base in Vicenza , northern Italy, on June 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, center, and Malia, pays for his purchase the the local bookstore Politics and Prose in northwest Washington, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Barack Obama, second from left, with first lady Michelle Obama, right, and their daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, walk from the White House in Washington to attend a church service Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
US President Barack Obama walks with daughter Malia (L) across Lafayette Park to Saint John's Episcopal Chuch for Sunday services on October 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
First Lady Michelle Obama points something out to daughter Malia during the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in of US President Barack Obama at the US Capitol on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. The oath is to be administered by US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets his daughter Malia as his wife Michelle(R) and duaghter Sasha(L) look on as he arrives to take the oath of office during the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. The oath is to be administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Looking on at left hi Malia Obama. AFP PHOTO / Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Malia and Sasha Obama arrive prior to their father US President Barack Obama at the Edmund Pettus Bridge March 7, 2015 in Selma, Alabama.US President Barack Obama and the first family joined others to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday where voting rights marchers attempting to walk to the Alabama capitol clashed with police at the base of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Dallas County. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama laughs with his daughter Malia as they leave Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on June 16, 2013 after attending the Obama's youngest daughter Sasha's dance recital. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 19: Malia Obama visits the Berlin Wall memorial at Bernauer Strasse on June 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. U.S. President Barack Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: Ich bin ein Berliner. (Photo by Miriam May - Pool /Getty Images)
Host Hugh Jackman, left, looks at the first family, from second left, Marian Robinson, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, President Barack Obama, and first lady Michelle Obama, join performers on the stage singing the Christmas carol during the annual 2013 Christmas in Washington presentation at the National Building Museum in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks with his daughter Malia Obama, 15, before pardoning the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey, 'Popcorn' on the North Portico of the White House November 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. A 38-pound, full-grown Broad Breasted White domesticated turkey, 'Popcorn' and its alternate 'Caramel' will be sent to live at Mount Vernon, the estate and home of George Washington. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the media as he returns from his Hawaiian vacation to the White House with first lady Michelle (2nd L) and daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) in Washington, January 4, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) and First Lady Michelle Obama (R) hold hands with daughters Malia (L) and Sasha as they walk from the White House to St. John's Church for Sunday services, in Washington, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
U.S. President Barack Obama, who won a second term in office by defeating Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, waves with his daughters Malia (R) and Sasha and wife Michelle (L) before addressing supporters during his election night victory rally in Chicago, November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
U.S. President Barack Obama with his family sing at the "Christmas in Washington" celebration at the National Building Museum in Washington December 11, 2011. (L-R) First lady Michelle Obama, their daughters Sasha and Malia, President Obama, singers Jennifer Hudson and Victoria Justice. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks next to first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (besides Michelle Obama) at the Christmas in Washington Celebration at the National Building Museum in Washington December 12, 2010. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
U.S. President Barack Obama walks with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia (R) and Sasha from the White House to attend Sunday service at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington December 11, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
U.S. President Barack Obama sits with his daughters Malia (L) and Sasha as they wait to collect an order of takeout food at Nancy's Restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, August 26, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES POLITICS)
U.S. President Barack Obama (L), with daughters Sasha (C) and Malia (R), join volunteers singing Happy Birthday to first lady Michelle Obama (TOP C) as they arrive to volunteer in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day at Stuart-Hobson Middle School on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 17, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks alongside his daughters Sasha (L) and Malia, during a turkey pardoning ceremony for "Courage", the National Thanksgiving Turkey, on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES SOCIETY POLITICS)
U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) presents the first family's new Portuguese Water Dog puppy, Bo, on the South Lawn with his family at the White House in Washington April 14, 2009. With Obama are first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha (R). REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES POLITICS ANIMALS SOCIETY)
U.S. President Barack Obama jokes with his daughter Malia during a Fourth of July celebration with military families on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington July 4, 2009. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES POLITICS)
Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) walks with his (L-R) daughter Sasha, daughter Malia, and wife Michelle after his speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado August 28, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
Illinois U.S. Senate candidate Democrat Barack Obama (2nd R), wife Michelle and their daughters Malia (R), 3, and Sasha (L), 6, spend time in their Chicago hotel room, November 2, 2004. Obama faces Republican candidate Alan Keys in the first Senate race with two African American candidates. REUTERS/John Gress JG (UNITED STATES) BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
U.S. President-elect Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) embraces his daughters Sasha (C) and Malia (R) during his election night rally in Chicago November 4, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)
Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia (R) listen as her husband Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks during a campaign stop in Oskaloosa, Iowa, July 4, 2007. REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES)
US President Barack Obama waves as he walks with First lady Michelle Obama (L) and their daughters Malia (2nd-R) and Sasha (3rd-R) on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington upon their return from a summer vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts on August 21, 2016. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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