Washington: US President Barack Obama has undergone a "trial run" to avoid "choking up and crying" during the graduation ceremony of his eldest daughter Malia, due in two years.
Obama, who was at the Worcester Technical High School Commencement Ceremony in Massachusetts yesterday, said one of the reason he was at the event was to get himself familiar with the proceedings.
"Part of the reason I am here is because I have got to practice, because Malia is graduating in two years. So I am trying to get used to not choking up and crying and embarrassing her. So this is sort of my trial run here," he said amid a huge laughter from the audience.
Malia, 15, is Obama and Michelle`s eldest daughter. Their youngest daughter, Sasha, turned 13 on Tuesday.
Malia and Sasha have been praised for keeping their poise under the spotlight and for their fashion-forward ways.
At the event, Obama said he does not remember who the speaker was at his graduation, apparently because he was thinking about the party later in the night.
"I have to say, I do not remember my high school graduation speaker. I have no idea who it was," he said.
"I am sure I was thinking about the party after graduation," he said amidst another round of applause.
But the US President said he does not remember that either.
"I am just telling the truth here. You will remember the speaker at this graduation because there is a lot of Secret Service around, not because of anything that I say that is so inspiring," he said referring to the high security around him.
Obama said a lot of people have made an investment in them.
"I can not imagine a better investment. But as you experience your success and as you experience setbacks, you need to remember everything that has been put into making sure that you had opportunity," he said.
"Which brings me to the second thing I hope you remember when you leave here:?You are going to also have to give back. This community invested in you. You have got to make sure that you use those gifts," he added.
Later at a fund raising event, Obama called for completing the unfinished agenda for nation`s growth.
"We need to get immigration reform done. We need to rebuild our infrastructure around this country. We need to invest in basic research and science. We need to make sure that we have equal pay for equal work. We need to make sure that we have got a strong minimum wage," he said.
"We can debate the issues, but we need to have a sense of urgency about the struggles that middle-class families and those who want to get into the middle class, what they are going through, and those kids that I spoke to today, the struggles that they are going to be facing as they leave that high school. That was what tonight is about," he added.