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Internet asks where Sasha Obama was during president’s farewell speech

Posted at 10:18 PM, Jan 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-11 12:34:11-05

CHICAGO — President Barack Obama's youngest daughter was noticeably absent during her father's farewell speech in Chicago Tuesday evening.

During Obama's speech, the camera turned to first lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Malia as Obama praised them of their work and achievement in the last eight years. Sasha, though, was not seen sitting with them.

A senior administration official told CNN the teen missed the farewell speech because she had an exam Wednesday morning.

After all, Tuesday was a school night. Sasha, 15, is a sophomore at Sidwell Friends, a prestigious DC private school.

Twitter users began speculating where the president's youngest daughter was immediately after noticing her absence.

The hashtag "WhereIsSasha" and "WheresSasha" began trending on Twitter shortly after. Twitter users then began theorizing where Sasha may have been.

Malia Obama is currently taking a gap year before attending Harvard.

Approximately 18,000 people attended the president's farewell speech, Chicago Deputy Fire Commissioner Ariel Gray said. Toward the end, Obama said his daughters "have become two amazing young women."

"You are smart and you are beautiful but more importantly, you are kind and you are thoughtful — and you are full of passion. And bore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily," Obama said gesturing to Malia who was visibly emotional during the speech.

"Of all that I have done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad."