Obama's daughters have started dating - here's why he's not worried

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with their daughters Malia and Sasha, pictured in 2014.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with their daughters Malia and Sasha, pictured in 2014. Photo: Theo Wargo/Wire Image

US President Barack Obama has revealed that while his daughters, Malia, 18, and Sasha, 15, have already started dating, he's feeling "pretty relaxed" about it – for two good reasons. 

Speaking to Raleigh radio station WDGG last week, Obama said that the main reason he's not worrying about his girls is because of their mum – Michelle.

"She's such a great example of how she carries herself, her self-esteem not depending on boys to validate how you look or you know, not letting yourself be judged by anything other than your character and intelligence," Obama said of Michelle to whom he's been married for 24 years. The President also noted that he hoped he'd been a good example to his girls, too, "in terms of how I've shown respect to my wife."

The President told the radio station that there's one other reason he's not worried about his daughters starting to date. "They have secret service," he laughed. "There's only so much these guys can do! These poor young men come by the house."

When asked if the "poor young men" have any idea what they're getting themselves into, Obama said, "Oh, they have an idea, "I describe for them."

The President also shared that over the last eight years, dinner-time with his wife and daughters was his "saving grace". For an hour each night, at 6:30, Obama told WDGG that he'd leave the oval office to have dinner with his girls.

"We'd laugh and share stories," he said. "And that was a place where you could shed and leave all the other stuff behind…they'd talk about their friends and about what happened in soccer practice. And that, I think, keeps you grounded."

These days though, the President says that his girls are more likely to "ditch" him for their friends.

"They still love you but they don't have time for you," he said. "Then you play a little more golf and Michelle and I go out to dinner. And then we spend time talking about the kids. Did they call you? Do you know what they're doing? We trade notes," he laughed.

While Malia and Sasha might not have as much time for their dad as they used to, Obama was full of praise for his daughters – who have grown up before our eyes.

"I really don't worry about them, because they're really solid, smart girls...young ladies now," he said.