Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has stayed very quiet about his two daughters as he tried to shield them from the public eye. That’s why it came as a surprise on Sunday when he opened up about Malia, 18, and Sasha, 15, in a new interview.
Obama told ABC News‘ ‘This Week’ that when they first entered the White House, Michelle and him were worried their daughters would “develop attitude.” However, he was pleased that they grew into “sweet, kind, funny, smart, respectful people” who “treat everybody with respect.”
“You don’t know how it would have turned out if they had grown up in Chicago instead in a more normal environment. All I can say is they have turned out to be terrific young women,” Obama said, according to Daily Mail. “We were concerned mostly about whether they would develop an attitude. And they are sweet, kind, funny, smart, respectful people, and they treat everybody with respect.”
He added that he’s basing this partly on feedback he’s received from other parents who know the girls.
“You know, we feel pretty good when we hear back from friends. They still have sleepovers and they go to other folks’ houses and when the parents say, ‘Oh, you know, Malia, she’s just so sweet,’ or ‘Sasha helped to pick up the dishes. What is it that you’re doing?'” Obama said.
The president acknowledged that the girls have complained about their Secret Service details, but they eventually got over it.
“But they’ve handled it with grace, and I give Michelle most of the credit for how well they’ve done,” Obama said.
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