The former President Barack Obama spoke out this week to say that he thinks his two daughters Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19, will stay out of politics because of their own personal experiences that they had growing up in the White House.
“First of all, them as teenagers having Secret Service guys follow them when they were going out on dates, I think probably has shut down their interest in public service,” Obama told late night host James Corden. “They still have PTSD from guys talking into their wrist microphones with glasses as they’re trying to go to a music concert.”
The former president went on to talk about the challenges that come with running for and holding office.
“You have to have a certain tolerance for nonsense and silliness and meanness, frankly, to go into public service,” he explained. “As a father, I want to protect my girls from that stuff. I think they are probably going to find other ways to serve rather than run for office themselves, but you never know. If they decided to do it, obviously I would be extraordinarily proud of them.”
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Though he does not feel that his daughters will be following in his footsteps, Obama still was eager to gush about them.
“They have turned into just exceptional young women,” he said. “I could not be prouder of them, not just because they’re smart and accomplished, but they’re just kind people. They don’t have an attitude.”
Obama went on to talk about the fears that he and his wife Michelle had for their daughters when he took office.
“That was the thing Michelle and I worried about most… are we going to end up with weird kids?” he quipped. “There are butlers in the White House and who has butlers? Michelle and my mother-in-law were very good about, ‘Listen, you have to make your own beds. You have to wake yourselves up.'”
“If we ever saw a hint of them somehow thinking they were special, my mother-in-law always had the best line about this,” he continued. “One time they were acting out, my mother-in-law looked at them and said, ‘Uh, you guys realize you haven’t done anything, right? The only reason we’re here is because your parents have done some things. You guys have done nothing.'”
Check out this full interview below.
This piece was written by Mark Baker on May 18, 2021. It originally appeared in UpliftingToday and is used by permission.
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