Barack Obama recently dropped his daughter, Malia, off at Harvard University—and let's just say the experience was an emotional one from the former POTUS.
Obama spoke at a reception for the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children. The event honored former Vice President Joe Biden's late son, and naturally, Obama chose to speak about a parent's connection to his children during his speech.
He discussed how hard it can be to let go of kids with a story about leaving his firstborn on campus, and it's adorably relatable.
“I was proud that I did not cry in front of her, but on the way back, the Secret Service was looking straight ahead, pretending they weren’t hearing me as I sniffled and blew my nose. It was rough,” he said in a video obtained by WDEL. “For those of us who have daughters, it just happens fast. 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.”
Obama summed up parenthood and touched on that awful feeling of watching your kids grow up way too fast. And he made it clear that, despite all he's achieved, fatherhood will always be his proudest accomplishment.
“It’s a reminder that at the end of our lives, whatever else we’ve accomplished, the thing that we’ll remember are the joys that our children―and hopefully way later our grandchildren―[experience],” he said in the same video. “Holding their hand, swinging on a swing, listening to them talk about what happened at school. Simple stuff, but ultimately that’s what matters.”