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President Obama on His Daughters Growing Into ‘Terrific Young Women’: ‘I Give Michelle Most of the Credit’

by Leena Tailor 4:50 PM PST, January 09, 2017
Playing President Obama on His Daughters Growing Into ‘Terrific Young Women’: ‘I Give Michelle Most of the Credit’

President Barack Obama has opened up about his daughters’ time growing up in the White House and credited his wife, Michelle, for “how well they’ve done.”

"They are sweet, kind, funny, smart, respectful people, and they treat everybody with respect," he gushed about Malia, 18, and Sasha, 15, during an interview on Sunday's episode of This Week. "We feel pretty good when they go to other folks' houses and 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?'"

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"They complained about Secret Service as they became teenagers," Obama added. "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."

The girls were just 10 and seven when their father was elected president.

Despite worrying about whether the pair would “develop an attitude,” Obama proudly discussed how they had “turned out to be terrific young women.”

He also reflected how one of the biggest pros of being commander in chief was not having to travel more than 30 seconds from his home to office and how always having his daughters around made his workplace feel like home.

"When you open a door and they're in their pajamas and wrestling with you and asking you to read to them and stuff, it starts feeling like home pretty quick,” he said. “It feels even more like home now because you have all these memories that were formed watching your kids grow up."

With Obama’s time in office coming to an end, Michelle recently gave her final speech as first lady and the couple also threw a star-studded farewell party at the White House on Friday.

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Attendees included Meryl Streep, Sir Paul McCartney, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen, who shared details of her hangover on Twitter the next morning.

"I am so hungover that each individual tooth hurts in a different way," the model and mom wrote.

See Obama talk more about his daughters in the video below.

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