The President has admitted that he loves the PSY track Gangnam Style, much to his two daughters’ embarrassment.
In an interview with People, Barack Obama says he does the South Korean rapper’s infamous dance at home in the White House, with the sole purpose of winding up Malia, 14 and Sasha, 11.
He tells the new issue of the magazine: ‘They’re cooler than I am. There are things I like that they think are cheesy, like Gangnam Style. I love that.’
Even his wife admits it is ‘a little embarrassing’ when he attempts to do the routine – and indeed, he warns the reporter that he won’t be doing any impromptu performances.
The President also discussed how he feels about his daughters dating.
Though he has joked in the past about employing Secret Service officers to keep boys away from Malia, she ‘actually doesn’t pay any attention to what I say.’
And in truth, he says he and the First Lady trust both their daughters’ judgement implicitly, because they have set such a good example of a relationship themselves.
‘I think they have pretty high expectations about how relationships should be, and that gives me some confidence about the future,’ he says.
‘I joke about this stuff sometimes, but the truth is they are smart, steady young women.’
But it is hard watching them grow up so fast, the President continues – the knowledge that Malia will leave home for college in four years’ time is especially difficult.
‘It chokes me up,’ he admits. ‘The finite amount of time you have with your children, and the joy they bring on a minute-to-minute, day-by-day basis – the idea that that’s not there all the time is something that can hit me hard sometimes.’
Michelle Obama, who was also included in the interview, added that for now, Malia is still only a high school freshman and college still feels a long way off.
She reveals that a career making movies could be on the future agenda for her eldest though.
Malia has expressed some interest in filmmaking,’ the First Lady says. ‘Just like her father, she is an avid reader.’
Her youngest, however, is still keeping her options open: ‘Sasha, what she likes today will change in an hour. So she doesn’t even try and lay it out yet.’
Mrs Obama also offered some insight into the build-up to Christmas in the White House.
All four of them, it seems, have Charlie Brown Christmas stuck in their heads as Malia is trying to learn the song on the piano.
And while she says she works for her husband when it comes to her work with childhood obesity and military families, at home she’s very much in charge.
‘The roles are quite reversed,’ Mr Obama confirms.
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