Among the more trying parental milestones, dropping one’s kid at college (aka sending them off into the big, bad world) is among the most emotional. So much so that not even former U.S. presidents are immune to the agony.
This Monday, at an event honoring the work of his VP/BFF Joe Biden’s foundation, Barack Obama got super candid about leaving his eldest, Malia, at Harvard last month. His synopsis? It was “a little bit like open-heart surgery.”
“I was proud that I did not cry in front of her,” Obama told the crowd, “but on the way back, the Secret Service was pretending they weren’t hearing me as I sniffled and blew my nose. It was rough.”
Presidential dads: They're just like us.