09/04/2012 02:32 pm ET Updated Sep 04, 2012

Michelle Obama Tells Entertainment Tonight Why Barack Obama Will Be Late To The Democratic National Convention

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.

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