As the Democratic National Convention kicks into full gear down in Charlotte, there's one democrat who will be tardy for the party--the president. What could possibly be keeping the commander-in-chief from the convention? His duty to his daughter.
During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the first lady said her husband's arrival to the DNC would be delayed because of their oldest daughter Malia's first day of high school on Tuesday. She said that she and POTUS make it a point to place both their daughters' schedules and lives before politics.
"We have always structured our lives where our kids come first and their involvement in politics is at their own discretion," she told ET. "And trust me, there hasn't been a time when they've said, 'I think I want to watch you do a rally rather than go to this sleepover,' it's never happened -- surprisingly so. But they're always welcome and they do enjoy the campaign trail, but the older they get the more full lives they have. You know, they're on sports teams, they've got friends, they've got activities ...They're living normal teenage lives and that's exactly how Barack and I would want it."
While the president holds down the fort in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Obama will precede him, addressing the convention attendees this evening. She told ET that although she hopes her girls watch her speech at home, there may be more important things on their plate.
"I hope they watch [my speech] at home," she said. "But if there's homework, I'm not going to get too upset about that."
Mr. Obama assured a group of young college students he and his daughters would be watching his wife's speech. He also revealed the secret to their strategy in having her speak first.
"This is just like a relay. You start off with the fastest person," he said. "So I'm going to be at home, and I'm going to be watching it with our girls. And I'm going to try not to let them see their daddy cry. Because when Michelle starts talking, I start getting all misty."
President Obama will take the DNC stage on Thursday to make his case for four more years in the White House.
"This Thursday night, I will offer you what I believe is a better path forward -- a path that grows this economy, creates more good jobs, strengthens the middle class," Obama said during a preview of his speech at a campaign stop in Iowa. "The good news is, you get to choose which path we take. We can take their path or we can take the path that I'm going to present."
There's no doubt that the charismatic president will do one heck of a job presenting his path at the convention, but first he'll lead his daughter down the path toward education.
Check out some of the presidents most adorable daddy moments below.
Playing carnival games in Des Moines, Iowa on August 16, 2007.
Joking around with Malia later that day.
Giving Malia a hand on May 3, 2008 in Lafayette, Indiana.
Hugs on May 4, 2008 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
One big happy family in Des Moines, Iowa on May 20, 2008.
Carrying Sasha on August 9, 2008 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Walking on the beach on August 12, 2008 in Kailua, Hawaii.
Sharing some shaved ice the next day.
Being greeted by his daughters upon arriving in Pueblo, Colorado on November 1, 2008.
After his victory speech in Chicago on November 4, 2008.
Celebrating the same night.
Dropping the kids off at school in Chicago on November 10, 2008.
Kissing Malia bye.
Discussing dessert orders with Sasha on December 26, 2008 in Hawaii.
Taking a break at the Honolulu Zoo on December 30, 2008.
Sharing a smile with Sasha.
A family moment at the Inauguration on January 20, 2009.
Playing with Sasha and Bo in the White House on April 12, 2009.
Giving pointers at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 13, 2009.
Chasing Bo and the girls across the South Lawn on April 14, 2009.
July 19, 2009
September 15, 2009
Bear hug on September 15, 2009
Pardoning a turkey on November 25, 2009
In Hawaii on January 3, 2010
In Hawaii on January 3, 2010
January 4, 2010
January 18, 2010
Reading at the Easter Egg Roll on April 5, 2010
Being a soccer dad on June 12, 2010