Where Was Sasha Obama During President Obama’s Farewell Speech?

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President Barack Obama presented his farewell speech to America on Tuesday night (Jan. 10, 2017) with his wife Michelle and his daughter Malia in the audience, but his youngest daughter Sasha was noticeably missing.

The internet banded together as a search party using the hashtag #WhereIsSasha and hypothesized the many reasons that she could not attend the event. One user suggested that she was “hopefully blocking the driveway to the White House.” However, the answer revealed itself later when one of Obama’s senior administration officials said that she missed the speech because she was studying for an exam in the morning. After all, she is a sophomore at Sidwell Friends, a prestigious DC private school.

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Obama’s farewell address stressed that despite the differing opinions that we have as individuals, we as a nation must move forward as one over the years to come. “Democracy does not require uniformity,” he said. “Our founders quarreled and compromised, and expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity — the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one.”

The President highlighted the accomplishments of his tenure in office, including opening up a “new chapter with the Cuban people” and the killing of Osama bin Laden, and thanked his family, Joe Biden and his wife Jill, and the nation for their support.

“You did change the world,” said Obama. “I am asking you to believe … not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours.”

Watch the full speech at the top of the page.