The Commander-in-Chief watched his eldest daughter, 17-year-old Malia Obama, graduate from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Judging from the pictures that were snapped at the event, POTUS proves that — political status aside — he’s just a normal, loving dad.

 

Malia’s sister, Sasha — who rang in her 15th birthday on the same day — was also in attendance, along with their mother, First Lady Michelle Obama.

The president was asked to speak at the commencement ceremony, but politely declined the offer, hoping to just blend into the crowd and “cry,” The Washington Post reported. And that’s exactly what he did on Friday, taking a seat with the other proud family members of the private school graduates. He even sported a pair of black sunglasses!

The president has been dreading Malia’s milestone moment for quite a while. Back in February, he was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he sweetly revealed he anticipated there would be tears.

“I’m going to be sitting there with dark glasses, sobbing,” he gushed. “She’s one of my best friends. And it’s going to be hard for me not to have her around all the time. But she’s ready to go. You can tell. She’s just a really smart, capable person and she’s ready to make her own way.”

President Obama stands and applauds and then hugs Malia at her high school graduation ceremony.