CHICAGO — Where was Sasha?
As Michelle Obama entered McCormick Place accompanied by her mother, Marian Robinson, and her daughter Malia to watch President Barack Obama say farewell to the nation — and the city that launched his career — social media lit up with questions about where the first couple's younger daughter was.
The hashtag #wheressasha trended on Twitter all night, filled with jokes about whether the 15-year-old had been grounded — or whether she was just too cool to be seen with her father, who paid tribute to his two daughters during his speech.
"Of all that I've done in my life, I'm most proud to be your dad," Obama said Tuesday.
In fact, Sasha stayed back in Washington, D.C., to study for an exam, according to a White House official. She attends Sidwell Friends, a highly selective school which counts the kids of Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton as alumni.
According to the Washington Post, the school's website for the Upper School's mid-academic year exams lists a science exam scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday.
"Students must adhere to the published examination schedule. Absence for travel is not an adequate reason to reschedule an exam," states a post on the site.
That news prompted another round of jokes on social media, many from women who grew up on the South Side like Michelle Obama who were never allowed to skip school, no matter the reason.
My mom asked where Sasha was. I'm like it was a school night, & like you mom, Michelle is a black mom from the Southside.— YourFavBlackAuntie (@greendoondoon) January 11, 2017
Michelle Obama is scheduled to make her last appearance as first lady on "The Tonight Show" Wednesday.
Before moving to Washington, Sasha and Malia attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.
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