Very few things in life could be more difficult than being President of the United States. At an event for the Beau Biden Foundation, former President Barack Obama described something that happened recently that stretched him to his limits.
The former president wasn’t scheduled to attend the event in Delaware, but Obama stated that he decided to attend to “lend (his) voice and (his) support to a family that (he cares) deeply about, to honor a man that (he) thought the world of, and to say thank you to all of you for supporting this wonderful cause.”
The story Obama related during his presentation happened in late August.
The Obama’s oldest daughter, Malia, was recently dropped off at Harvard University, after taking a year off between high school and her freshman year of college. Obama described the experience like only a father could:
‘For those of us who have daughters, it just happens fast. I dropped off Malia at college, and I was saying to Joe and Jill (Biden) that it was a little bit like open-heart surgery.’
He continued, openly discussing the tears that took over after they drove away:
‘I was proud that I did not cry in front of her. But on the way back, the Secret Service was off, looking straight ahead, pretending they weren’t hearing me as I sniffled and blew my nose. It was rough.’
There was a little coverage on the event, as the former president and First Lady Michelle Obama were spotted dropping Malia off, but they have tried to adjust to civilian life and stay out of the spotlight as much as possible.
Remarking on the event, Obama said it was:
‘…a reminder that, at the end of our lives, whatever else we’ve accomplished, the things that we’ll remember are the joys that our children — and hopefully way later, our grandchildren — bring us.’
In showing his appreciation to Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden closed out his remarks in typical “Uncle Joe” fashion, always the joker:
‘Mr. President, you’ve been a great friend. Everybody, I think what they miss most is our memes. Mr. President, I can’t surprise you by giving you a medal of freedom, but I can give you a group of people who think you brought a lot of freedom to this country.’
That Obama has always felt comfortable enough with his masculinity to openly weep in front of the country without fearing that we would think him weak says so much about the man. He and Biden are already missed by a populace experiencing PTSD under Donald Trump. We are grateful that his family shared him with us for eight years of their lives.
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