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President Obama on Daughters Growing Up in the White House

Watch President Obama Gush About How Michelle Raised Sasha and Malia in the White House

During President Obama's exit interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week, Obama revealed what it was like raising two young daughters in the White House. Malia and Sasha were 10 and 7, respectively, when they moved into the White House and became teenagers (a rough time for many) with their every move watched by the Secret Service and the press.

"As you might imagine, if you're a teenager having a couple of people with microphones and guns always following you around, that could grate on them," Obama said of his daughters' complaints, "but they've handled it with grace."

Obama added that he and Michelle were worried that the girls would develop an attitude, but that never turned out to be the case. "All I can say is they have turned out to be terrific young women," he said. Malia's and Sasha's respect and kindness did not go unnoticed by people other than their parents, Obama also noted. When they went to other people's homes, Malia's and Sasha's respectful natures often impressed other parents. They would 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 shared with Stephanopoulos.


In typical fashion, the president praised Michelle for their upbringing. "I give Michelle most of the credit for how well they've done," he said.

Malia and Sasha have yet to comment on their experiences in the White House — perhaps one day they'll write a book about it, and we'll get their full perspective.

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