President Obama Toasts Daughters, Talks Importance of Family in Final State Dinner Speech
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President Obama found himself rather emotional during his final State Dinner at the White House on Thursday evening. 

While hosting the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie and their three children, POTUS reflected on his time in office with his own daughters. 

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“When I was first elected to this office, Malia was 10,” Obama began. “And Sasha was just seven. And they grow up too fast. This fall, Malia heads off to college. And I’m starting to choke up, so I’m going to wind down and say my remarks. I can’t do it, it’s hard.”

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Both Malia and Sasha attended the State Dinner on Thursday, March 10 for the first time in their father’s Presidency. 

During the last of his annual State Dinner speeches, President Obama also discussed the importance of advocating for children around the world, no matter a title or position of power. 

“We’re here for everybody’s kids. To give our sons and our daughters a better world. To pass to them a world that’s a little safer and little more equal, and a little more just, a little more prosperous so that a young person growing up in Chicago or Montreal or on the other side of the world has every opportunity to make of their life what they will, no matter who they are, or what they look like, or how they pray, or who they love.”

Cheers to you, Mr. President. 

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