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Here’s why Sasha Obama missed her dad’s farewell address

Even first daughters have exams.


Tess Cagle


Posted on Jan 11, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 5:33 am CDT

President Obama tearfully thanked his family at end of his POTUS farewell speech Tuesday night, crediting them for their grace as they tackled eight years of being in the spotlight. But as First Lady Michelle and eldest daughter Malia wiped away their tears, the Twitterverse—and viewers everywhere—couldn’t help but notice that 15-year-old Sasha was missing from the front row.

“Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion,” Obama said. “You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad.”

Sasha’s absence caused Twitter users to do what they do best: start a hashtag. With #wheressasha, viewers hypothesized why Sasha didn’t show.

Turns out Sasha had a pretty regular reason to miss her father’s speech: school.

White House officials announced today that Sasha stayed in Washington because she had a science exam. One Twitter user shared a photo of midterm exam rules, which state “absence for travel is not an adequate reason to reschedule an exam.” Even the first daughter has to follow rules.

While users on Twitter are glad Sasha is safe, many couldn’t help but find her real excuse to be comical.

After all of that, here’s hoping Sasha gets an A on that science exam. 

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*First Published: Jan 11, 2017, 2:57 pm CST