Sasha Obama wasn’t at her father’s farewell speech because she has a black mama
Sasha Obama was noticeably absent from her father’s farewell presidential address. “Where’s Sasha?” was the question that rung out from every corner of the Internet. Sasha wasn’t in attendance for one reason, and one reason alone: Her parents are black.
Tears hadn’t hit many of us until President Obama turned to his family, “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, a girl from the South Side,” he said looking at his beautiful, gracious wife. “For the past 25 years, you have not only been my wife, the mother of my children, you have been my best friend.” Then it was Malia Obama and Sasha’s turn. “Under the strangest of circumstances you have become two amazing young women,” Obama said. “You are smart and you are beautiful. But more importantly, you are kind and you are thoughtful and you are full of passion. And you wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I have done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad.”
Malia Obama couldn’t help the tears from flowing. Whether the moment was an emotional one for Sasha, we’ll never know because Sasha was missing from that front row seat next to her mom, sister and grandmother.
A White House official confirmed that Sasha stayed in Washington while her father delivered his farewell speech in Chicago because the 15-year-old had an exam Wednesday morning. The youngest Obama daughter attends Sidwell Friends, a highly selective school. The school’s website states travel is not a sufficient reason to reschedule exams.
Any other parents would’ve thought the president’s farewell speech an adequate reason to reschedule the exam. Not black parents though. You gon’ get this education in a black household, even if that household is the White House. You have an exam in the morning? Oh, you going to school come hell or high water. Our president’s farewell speech or not.
Sasha: Mom, I can reschedule the exam. My teacher said she understands and will excuse me.
Michelle: Oh, you think you getting special treatment because of ya daddy? Girl, you gon’ stay here, study and take your exam like everybody else.
Sasha: But Malia will be there. It’s not fair. I want to see dad say his goodbyes.
Michelle: Girl, that speech will be online for the rest of your life. It’s an hour. You wanna fly all the way to Chicago for him to say the same things you’ve heard for the last eight years? No. You’ll be aight.
Sasha: Ugh. I…
Michelle: Who are you talking to like that? You better check your attitude.
Sasha: Dad, mom won’t let me come to the farewell speech. Please talk to her.
Obama: You betta listen to your mama, little girl.
At least that’s how I imagine the conversation went down. It could’ve been Sasha’s idea to stay back for her exam. But all signs lead to black parenting.
One of the best things to watch about this particular First Family is how Michelle and Barack Obama committed themselves to raising well-rounded, grounded kids who don’t walk around with any kind of entitlement because their daddy is president.
This First Family has escaped the White House with zero scandals. They’ve handled every bit of criticism and racism with grace and class. And raised two seemingly well-adjusted young ladies. We won’t see another family like them ever again. I’m happy to have witnessed it in my lifetime.
Hopefully Sasha passed her exam. And one time for the road — My president is black.