Obama: I might be intimidating to daughters’ suitors
December 20, 2013 - President Obama with daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (L) leaving the White House to head to Hawaii for a two-week holiday vacation
December 20th, 2013
10:06 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama: I might be intimidating to daughters’ suitors

(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.”


Filed under: Malia Obama • Michelle Obama • Obama family • Obamacare • President Obama • Sasha Obama
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. ED1

    Have fun at our expense and don't worry our jobs will still not be here when you get back.

    December 20, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. HenryMiller

    "Obama: I might be intimidating to daughters’ suitors"

    And that's about it. He sure doesn't intimidate any of the country's enemies, though he does a great job offending our allies.

    December 21, 2013 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  3. Owanam Ibiama

    He his a loving perent who puts interest of children above his, thats why he was able to recognise that fact.

    December 21, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  4. Wes

    "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.
    --------------------------------------------
    My 14 year old grandson told me the uhbama is the biggest pansy he has ever seen. Period.

    December 21, 2013 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    --don't worry till they are thirty five, long way to go.

    December 21, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Malia and Sasha seem to have good heads on their shoulders.
    I am pretty sure they won't be seen cavorting around DC drunk like the previous first daughters.

    December 21, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  7. Norma Vessels

    I do love our President .. such a good man. He and Michelle are just right for each other, and are bringing up two intelligent, beautiful daughters because of the way they are. Merry Christmas, have a super relaxed Christmas in Hawaii.

    December 21, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  8. wendel

    both are good parents and set a fine example.

    December 21, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. LevonTostig

    Once they sign up for Obamacare, they'd be able to get all the free birth control and abortions their little hearts would ever desire. So, what's the problem? If it is okay for anyone else's daughters to receive this message, why not Obama's?

    December 21, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Regor

    Mr Obama Has supreme family values

    December 21, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Geeze!

    You'd think the Obamas are the best parents ever to occupy the White House !!!! What a crock - they're all served day and night, so whoopdie-doo. Will the leg tingles NEVER end for the liberals?

    December 21, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Wes – a Thanks for sharing what a 14 year old would say. It is right up there with the 8th grade mentality of right wingnuts.

    December 21, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Mike from CO

    "HenryMiller
    "Obama: I might be intimidating to daughters’ suitors"

    And that's about it. He sure doesn't intimidate any of the country's enemies, though he does a great job offending our allies."

    What's it like for you, being this dumb? Think you can do a better job? Run for President. You'll learn quickly there's a lot more to foreign policy than overwhelming military might. But I wouldn't expect you to understand that, being as dumb as you are and all...

    December 21, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. bill o'rights

    “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.”

    Hence, the argument for second amendment rights.

    Shouldn't everyone have this right? Or, just government officials?

    December 21, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Obama – Liar of the Year

    Obama, please don't flatter yourself. You intimate NOBODY Mr. Whimp. Not the Syrians, not the Iranians, not the Russians, not even potential suitors of your daughters. Michelle on the other hand....

    December 21, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. smith

    @Marie Your hatered shines through once again. Btw, that was Gore`s daughters partying and having a good time. That something teens do.

    December 21, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. ST

    Don't worry Mr.President you will manage. We all passed that stage. Very difficult one for any parent. Time will pull them over and will again come back to normal and you will forget it. Who doesn't know how to keep an eye on a teenager. Hormones really show up at that particular age.

    December 21, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Randy,San Francisco

    Sorry Mr. President, you aren't the one who is intimidating. The guys in black suits, earbuds in the ear, dark glasses, and packing big guns are the scary ones.

    December 21, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. ladies first

    Want to wish entire WORLD PEACE & JOY!

    December 21, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Smitty

    After getting your lunch handed to you by Putin, don't cross this line, I don't think you intimidate anyone

    December 21, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Jane

    @LevonTosig: Your 'insightful' post reveals many things, among them a total lack of understanding when it comes to The Affordable Care Act, callous and ignorant view of women and girls [of any age], how to say anything even remotely relevant to the conversation, and most importantly – – a cold, bigoted hardened heart.

    December 21, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. littlelizard

    @smith...that was Bush's daughters that were running around drunk. In fact almost started an international incident is South America. Use google to find out. It can be your friend if you let it. maybe your only friend.

    December 21, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. stingerhp

    Intimidating ? More like people not wanting to be associated with a brain dead resident of Washington.. The girls can and will take good care of themselves without you..

    December 21, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    @ladies first:

    Thank you, and the same to you!

    December 21, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. mds

    Don't worry girls...he will soon be powerless and intimidate no one.

    December 21, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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