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Former President Barack Obama has always maintained a close relationship with his daughters, Malia and Sasha.  During a recent appearance, Obama shared a tale about how he had to fight back tears after dropping Malia off at Harvard University with his wife, Michelle Obama.

InStyle reports:

While speaking at the Beau Biden Foundation’s golf and tennis invitational, the dad of two opened up about the mix of emotions he experienced, as he and wife Michelle helped their daughter Malia settle into her Harvard dorm last month. “For those of us who have daughters, it just happens fast,” Obama reflected on the tearful send-off. “I dropped off Malia at college, and I was saying to Joe and Jill [Biden] that it was a little bit like open-heart surgery.”

That being said, the 44th president made sure not to embarrass the 19-year-old in front of her peers by holding back the floodgates until later. “I was proud that I did not cry in front of her,” the former commander in chief remembered. “But on the way back, the Secret Service was off, looking straight ahead, pretending they weren’t hearing me as I sniffled and blew my nose. It was rough.”

In a couple of years, the Obama family will have to prepare for another emotional sendoff when Sasha heads off to her next journey after high school graduation. They grow up so fast, don’t they?

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