President Obama Opens Up About Sasha and Malia’s Time Growing Up in the White House


President Obama opened up about his daughters’ experience growing up in the White House, saying he and Michelle Obama had been concerned, “mostly about whether they’d develop an attitude.”

But the president, in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that aired today on “This Week,” said, “All I can say is they have turned out to be terrific young women.”

“They are sweet, kind, funny, smart, respectful people, and they treat everybody with respect,” Barack Obama said. “You know, we feel pretty good when … they go to other folks’ houses and when the parents 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?'” he said.

Malia and Sasha were 10 and 7, respectively, when their father was elected president, and growing up in the White House brought a unique set of challenges for the girls, now 18 and 15.

“They complained about Secret Service as they became teenagers,” Obama said. “But 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. But they’ve handled it with grace, and I give Michelle most of the credit for how well they’ve done.”

Obama also credited his daughters for making the White House feel like home when they first arrived.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Molly Nagle