(CNN) – President Barack Obama has a lot on his plate, but he freely admits that being a dad is his most important job – and that means worrying about his daughters dating.
While Obama says that his daughters Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12, are sensible and make good decisions, there’s something else that sets him at ease.
In an interview with comedian Steve Harvey that aired Friday, the President admitted that the first family’s Secret Service detail makes him a more relaxed dad.
“I’ve got men with guns following them around all the time,” Obama said as Harvey laughed. “So that kinda makes me a little less nervous about it.”
“Hey, this is the main reason I ran for re-election,” Obama quipped. “You know, I’m gonna have them covered for most of high school.”
On a more serious note, Obama said he hopes his own relationship with his wife, Michelle, sets a good example for his daughters.
“As long as that young man is showing you respect, and is kind to you, then I’m not going to be hovering over every second,” Obama said as he described his parenting philosophy.
Obama said his biggest concern is getting in the way when it comes to his daughters having normal lives.
"I think it’s intimidating enough to be asking out the daughter of the president without me adding to that intimidation factor,” he said, according to a show transcript.
As the interview was finishing up late last week, Harvey asked the President whether they could surprise some of the tours walking through the White House.
As a group of students greeted the President, one young student stuck out, literally, and Obama commented on a striking resemblance.
“You got ears just like me,” Obama said to the young student.
“Yeah, yeah. I was gonna say that!” the student replied.
Obama was quick to describe the upside to such a defining characteristic: “That’s good, man. That gives you some special power.”