At a lunch in Detroit on Wednesday, President Obama announced he will not be giving the commencement speech at his daughter’s graduation.
“I’m going to be wearing dark glasses … and I’m going to cry,” ABC reports.
Obama says he will be so overcome with emotions at this customary ceremony that he will be forced to “cry and sit there.”
According to ABC, the president made similar remarks at a town hall in Baton Rouge, La., where he stated he is unable to talk about the subject of Malia’s graduation because it makes him cry.
During a speech at Maycomb County Community College in September, Obama recounted that when Malia went to the first day of her senior year, he had to “look away”: “I didn’t want to just be such a crybaby.”
Obama also displayed his emotions in a January speech on gun control where he had to pause to wipe away tears when discussing the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
Malia is a senior at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. and is scheduled to graduate this spring. The Obamas have not disclosed where she will be attending college in the fall.