Barack Obama Says His Daughters Likely Won't Follow in His Footsteps
He says they may have "PTSD" from his time in office.
Barack Obama doesn't see his daughters taking public office in the future. The former President opened up about his daughters on Monday's episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden, saying he highly doubts Malia and Sasha Obama will be getting into public service, adding that it has something to do with his time in office.
"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," he explained. "They still have PTSD from guys talking into their wrist microphones with glasses as they're trying to go to a music concert."
He continued to say that he wants to "protect" his girls from everything that that comes with running for office.
"You have to have a certain tolerance for nonsense and silliness and meanness, frankly, to go into public service," he told Corden. "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."
But regardless of what they decide to do, he's still a proud father. "They have turned into just exceptional young women. I could not be prouder of them, not just because they're smart and accomplished, but they're just kind people," he gushed. "They don't have an attitude."
He then joked about his wife Michelle's biggest fear for the girls when he took office.
"That was the thing Michelle and I worried about most ... are we going to end up with weird kids?" he explained. "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. 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.'"