President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's daughters are growing up fast.
In a new interview, the Obamas reveal 18-year-old Malia and 15-year-old Sasha are ready to get out and explore the world, but they themselves might not exactly be ready for that!
"They're ready to get out, just out from their parents' house," the president admits to People
. "The fact that their parents’ house is the White House may add to it. But Malia's going off to college. She's a grown woman."
"She's still a baby," Michelle hilariously insists.
Malia is attending Harvard in the fall of 2017 after taking a gap year. In June, the Obamas celebrated a milestone when she graduated from Sidwell Friends School
in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Sasha is still a sophomore at Sidwell.
"They're ready to get out of the nest," Barack says. "We don't think they're ready, but they certainly think they're ready."
Still, it's safe to say Malia and Sasha will never forget their formative years spent in the White House.
"There's a sentimentality about this place, that they've had so many amazing experiences, and the staff are part of the family," the commander-in-chief explains. "It is different for them than for most kids in that when they leave, they won't be able to come back home. Malia's spoken about how she regrets the fact that she won't have that home base in the same way."
The Obamas also talk about this year's hard-fought election in the joint interview, and Michelle reveals that she wasn't exactly on pins and needles on election night, when Donald Trump pulled off a stunning victory over Hillary Clinton
to become the 45th President of the United States.
"I went to bed," Michelle tells People
. "I don't like to watch the political discourse; I never have. I barely did with him [my husband]."
"Once you do what you can do, then the rest is easy," she adds. "It was in the hands of the American people."
"Anything that I felt about the election I said and I stand by," she says.
As for the president himself, he remains optimistic about the future, and says that the often negative campaign tones shouldn't "negate all the progress that's been made."
"The truth of the matter is that when I got elected, there was still racism and misogyny and, you know, anti-gay sentiment in America," he notes to the magazine
. "In the wake of this election, those elements are still there, but it doesn’t negate all the progress that’s been made. It just means that elements of our culture get amplified sometimes."
"The battle to be vigilant, on behalf of kindness and tolerance and fairness and equality, that's a day-to-day thing that each of us is responsible for," he continues. "That doesn't change because of one election. It's something that has to be tended to all the time."
And he says he definitely sees hope in the younger generation, particularly, in his own daughters
"You talk to Malia and Sasha. The idea that you'd discriminate against somebody because they had a different sexual orientation? It's crazy to them," Barack says. "That generation right behind us, and I believe each successive generation, as long as we're doing our job of being good models for it, they're going to move this country forward in a better direction."
Earlier this month, the Obamas and their daughters attended their final annual National Christmas Tree Lighting
. Performances at the event included Chance the Rapper, James Taylor, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, The Lumineers and Yolanda Adams.