Where was Sasha during Obama’s farewell speech? She had a good excuse for skipping

Posted at 12:31 PM, Jan 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-11 14:00:32-05

CHICAGO — Where was Sasha Obama while her father delivered his farewell speech in Chicago Tuesday evening?

A senior administration official says Sasha missed President Barack Obama's address because she had an exam in the morning.

Sasha, 15, is a sophomore at Sidwell Friends, the prestigious D.C. private school.

On Tuesday night, Twitter users began speculating about the whereabouts of the president's younger daughter when the camera turned to first lady Michelle Obama and their older daughter, Malia. Sasha was not seen sitting with them.

The Internet began searching for Sasha, using the hashtag #whereissasha.

Among the tongue-in-cheek  theories: Sasha was on an elite anti-terrorism mission or looking for President-elect Trump's tax returns.

The truth was, of course, a little more mundane.

Still, her absence was definitely noticed:

And then there were the theories regarding her whereabouts:

Approximately 18,000 people attended the president's farewell speech, according to White House estimates.