If you tuned into Barack Obama's farewell speech last night, it's entirely possible you didn't notice a pretty important person not being there.
The entire speech was filled with emotion and power, so it's understandable that you didn't. But a few people noticed the absence and had an important question:
Where was Sasha Obama, Barack Obama's youngest daughter?
Obama mentioned his family during the speech, at one point being moved to tears because of his love.
"Under the strangest of circumstances you have become two amazing young women," Obama said. "You are smart and you are beautiful. But more importantly, you are kind and you are thoughtful and you are full of passion. And you wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I have done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad."
It was strange to see the family without Sasha, so people were concerned that something was wrong. Fortunately, that wasn't the case at all. The explanation for Sasha's absence was pretty mundane, actually.
High school exams.
The speech took place in Chicago, but Sasha had a 10am exam at her school in Washington, D.C. the next morning. The school is very prestigious and doesn't make exceptions for anyone.
"Students must adhere to the published examination schedule. Absence for travel is not an adequate reason to re-schedule an exam," the guidelines state.
This isn't the only time Sasha's academic commitments have influenced family events. Barack Obama announced in March that he and his family will be staying in Washington for a couple years once he is no longer president so that Sasha can finish high school.
"Transferring someone in the middle of high school," the president said. "Tough."
It's humbling to see someone in such a position of power still hold his daughters' education higher than anything he may be doing. Just because you're in office doesn't mean your parental duties disappear!