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
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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.

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“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.”

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  1. Simple faith

    All the mean and disrespectful comments on this article must be white ignorant Republicans. The first family is in Hawaii right now enjoying the 70 degree temperature, trade winds, sunny skies, sand and surf. Hey don't hate the guy. He was born and raised here. His family lives here. Doesn't all presidents go home for Christmas? We welcome him here. Aloha!

    December 21, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Harold Reed

    Barack, an outstanding man whom we all should aspire to... like flagrantly flirting with Denmark's Prime Minister in front of Michelle and then taking the selfie. The look on Michelle's face was priceless. Lesson for the girls, who cares if he treats you like dirt, the power is sooo worth it.

    December 21, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. Liz the First

    MIght be????? some dads just sit and clean their guns when a beau comes to call on their daughter. this guy has access to predator drones! LOL! I'm betting the Obama daughters are going to have very high-quality suitors. and they deserve them, they're lovely young ladies from a very good home.

    December 21, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. king

    dems need to do like what repubs like to do, when they stop every thing in the world just to say Obama is doing these things to turn the people's mind off obamacare. the dems should start pointing out the great success this country is currently having, did someone looked at stock market, housing, 44 months of straight job gains, i mean the recovery is ridiculous, and the superior repubs propaganda media is just zooming in on the small negatives this economy is going through and try like hell to stair the gullible in this country not to see the humungous success our country is currently having. i am afraid the american people are getting stupider and stupider every day.

    December 21, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    @ED1: "Have fun at our expense and don't worry our jobs will still not be here when you get back."

    GW took more vaca days than any other president and both 9/11 happened and the global economy tanked on his watch – did you have a problem with that?

    Just wondering ...

    December 21, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

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

    Would that be the same Putin who currently has his tail firmly tucked between his legs as he pardons folks right and left in a desperate attempt to gain international approval?

    BTW, if letting Putin momentarily puff out his chest allowed us to avoid a war in the Middle freakin' East, then I say it's a pretty small price to pay – pretty shrewd move on Obama's part, if you ask me.

    December 21, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    @bill o'rights "Shouldn't everyone have this right? Or, just government officials?"

    Google Reagan's opinions on reasonable gun regulation. You'll see several examples of his very clear position on this, including: "This is a matter of vital importance to the public safety ... While we recognize that assault-weapon legislation will not stop all assault-weapon crime, statistics prove that we can dry up the supply of these guns, making them less accessible to criminals."

    And "Certain forms of ammunition have no legitimate sporting, recreational, or self-defense use and thus should be prohibited."

    And "With the right to bear arms comes a great responsibility to use caution and common sense on handgun purchases."

    December 21, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    @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?"

    Here are some FACTS to chew on: The law says individuals who get federal subsidy dollars must use their private money to pay for coverage of abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

    BTW, access to affordable birth control LOWERS THE RATE OF ABORTION.

    December 21, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    @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?"

    From the Washington Post: "After years of holding steady, new Center for Disease Control data shows that the United States abortion rate has fallen to an all-time low. It dropped 5 percent between 2008 and 2009, the most recent years for which data is available, the largest decline in the past decade."

    By your reasoning, GW Bush did NOTHING to decrease the rate of abortion – and because of President Obama, the rate has gone down 5% – the most it's declined in 10 YEARS!

    Yay, President Obama!

    December 21, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    President Obama's mother and grandmother were both strong, independent women who had concern for others. First Lady Michelle is also strong, independent and caring (and her mother, the First Granny, also seems like a great person). All wonderful role models for Sasha and Malia, greatly increasing the probability that they, too, will marry men who are respectful and kind to women.

    Have a wonderful vacation, First Family! I'm very proud and happy you represent our great nation.

    December 21, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. truth

    ego maniac

    December 21, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  12. DaveW

    We have a good President.

    December 21, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  13. ladies first

    the world is a crazy mysterious place that demands great respect and she doesn't watch tv & doesn't have a cell phone

    December 22, 2013 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  14. Nanette Tron

    I think President Obama's little girls are just gorgeous and sweet and I hope they find some great boyfriends and
    husbands, I would like to see pictures of them when they find the right man in their lives. Best wishes and fun
    and lovely times I wish for them.

    Ordained Minister,
    Nanette Tron

    December 22, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  15. Jonathon Powelly

    No doubt those presumptive suitors will be sweating the "red line" Obama will draw.

    December 22, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  16. RD

    Obama never intimidated anyone except when he authorized the IRS to target Tea Party groups.

    December 22, 2013 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  17. Bigdoglv

    I guess it would be intimidating. Dad can spy on you whenever he wants and if he doesn't like you he will sick the IRS on you.

    December 22, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  18. Marie MD

    For those of you who don't think our President intimidates anyone . . . . . just take a deep dive and ask bin laden or the Somali pirates. All of them because our President had the cojones to send Navy Seals in to close the deal.
    @RD your main IRS investigator was a self proclaimed right wing rethug. Nice try though.

    December 22, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. GaryO

    I would imagine Papa Obama would be pretty intimidating. But those beautiful, well-bred daughters of his aren't going to have any problems finding suitors.

    December 22, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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