Malia Obama to attend Harvard after gap year

Updated 6:29 AM EDT, Tue May 3, 2016
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Malia Obama, the eldest of President Obama's two daughters, will attend Harvard after a gap year

The Obama family plans to stay in Washington while Sasha finishes high school

(CNN) —  

Malia Obama, the oldest of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama’s two daughters, will attend Harvard University.

She’ll begin there in the fall of 2017, after taking a gap year, the White House announced Sunday. She’ll be a member of the class of 2021.

Obama said at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday that his family plans to stay in Washington for two years after his presidency ends so that their youngest daughter, Sasha, can finish high school.

“Our decision has actually presented a bit of a dilemma because traditionally presidents don’t stick around after they’re done. And it’s something that I’ve been brooding about a little bit,” Obama joked during the comedy routine at the dinner, using it to launch into a video about what he’d do after leaving office – which featured Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner.