— Michael Dougherty (@nobadtripps) January 11, 2017
On Twitter, some hoped Sasha was trying to stop Donald Trump from getting into the White House.
— Sabra Berger (@SabraBerger) January 11, 2017
— Raphael ❌ Ralph (@WhoIsRMB) January 11, 2017
Turns out, Sasha had a valid excuse for missing her father’s farewell speech (although it was not what Twitter had hoped): she had an exam the next morning.
According to BBC News, the teen is a student at Sidwell Friends private school, which is the same school a number of other presidents have sent their children.
While Sasha’s excuse made sense, Twitter users still couldn’t believe it.
— Marissa Bailey (@MarissaBaileyTV) January 11, 2017
— Brian Greene (@bgreene) January 11, 2017
And some argued that it wasn’t right to let the 15-year-old miss Obama’s speech after eight years in the White House.
Omg Sasha has to take a damn science exam tomorrow this is NOT RIGHT pic.twitter.com/NWsLj2URfC
— josie duffy rice (@jduffyrice) January 11, 2017
But despite her absence, Obama spoke fondly of both his daughters during his speech.
“Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion,” he said. “You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I've done in my life, I'm most proud to be your dad.”
Cue the tears. We’ll miss you, Obama!