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Barack Obama paid moving tribute to his family last night.

Addressing the country for one final time as President of the United States, Obama detailed his many accomplishments over the years, emphasized the need for citizens to be actively involved in their democracy…

… and then caused us all to reach for our tissues.

Barack Obama Farewell Address Photo
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“Michelle – Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the Southside, for the past 25 years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend,” the President said, staring at his wife in the front row of Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center.

Eventually unable to hold back his own tears, Obama continued:

"You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model.  

"You’ve made me proud.  You’ve made the country proud."

Obama went on to refer to Vice President Joe Biden as a "brother," thanking the long-time politician for his friendship and his guidance over the years.

The Commander-in-Chief also, of course, talked at length about his daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Malia Obama and Michelle Obama
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“Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful," he said.

"But more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily."

He then made sure there truly wasn’t a dry eye in the convention center by concluding:

"Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad."

You can watch Obama break down while talking to his amazing wife and family in the following clip:

Barack Obama Farewell Address: Why Did the President Break Down?

Cameras often caught Malia growing emotional over her father’s stirring words of love and appreciation, but the cameras never caught hold of Sasha.

And that’s because Sasha wasn’t there!

What possible excuse did she have for missing her dad’s farewell address?

Is she in rehab, like some have actually believed Malia to be over the past few weeks?


It was simply a school night and Sasha was at home, studying for a test, according to White House officials.

This means one of two things:

Either the Obamas really are so serious about education that they could not even give their 16-year old daughter a night off in order to attend a literal once-in-a-lifetime event…

… or Sasha’s teacher is a total A-Hole.

Sasha Obama Pic
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Either way, we assume Sasha at least watched her father on television.

And we’d have to believe she was incredibly flattered and proud as she did.

After all, whatever you think of Barack Obama’s policies or beliefs, you have to give the man props as a husband and a father.

He’s treated the office of the President with dignity and respect for eight years.

And now he’s moving aside for someone who may or may not have a thing for prostitute-laden golden showers.

Let’s just say ahead of time that we won’t blame Baron Trump if he skips out on his dad’s next speech.