Celebrity Find Out the Heartwarming Reason President Obama Won’t Be Speaking at Daughter Malia’s Graduation By Olivia Bahou Olivia Bahou Facebook Olivia Solomon is a New York-based writer and editor who covers all things fashion, lifestyle, celebrity, and pop culture. She was previously the Assistant Digital Editor for InStyle, and her work has appeared in many national publications. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on January 21, 2016 @ 02:15PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images It’s no secret that President Obama can get emotional—he has been publically moved to tears by everything from gun violence to Aretha Franklin’s powerful voice. So it makes sense that when his oldest daughter, Malia, graduates from high school, he expects to be tearing up. At a Detroit luncheon on Wednesday, Obama revealed to guests that he turned down a request to speak at Malia’s graduation. Instead of taking the stage, he’ll be seated in the audience. People reports that the President said he’ll just “cry and sit there.” In fact, POTUS can’t even discuss his 17-year-old leaving home without getting emotional, he said last week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. See Malia Obama's Style Evolution While we don’t yet know where Malia plans on attending college in the fall, you can be sure that the President is hoping it will be somewhere close to home.