when we grow up we’re going to live in a big house with a dog

CBS: It’s apparently not a hard choice for Malia and Sasha Obama. President Barack Obama says his 12- and 9-year-old daughters would pick the talking yellow sponge over a talking head any day.

“They are not watching cable TV,” he told ABC News in an interview set to air Friday night. “If they have got an option of watching the news or watching SpongeBob, I think it’s pretty clear the choice that they are going to make.”

The girls can’t completely avoid all talk about their father, however. For Malia, he’s come up in discussions of current events at school.

“There are issues of the day that come across the conversation. But I have to say that the school is very good about handling it,” Michelle Obama said in the joint interview with her husband. “People are very considerate.”

She said Malia has managed to draw a line between her father’s activities and her own.

In the interview, the Obamas offered a glimpse into their personal life in the most famous house in America.

Their daughters prefer just to be kids, they said, and avoid listening to the news or reading newspaper headlines. Sasha still writes letters to Santa Claus and anxiously waits for the Tooth Fairy’s arrival after she loses a tooth, Mrs. Obama said.

The family prays every night before dinner and Obama said it’s interesting to hear what his daughters pray for.

“They’ll talk about family and thanking God for blessing us, but they’ll always add a little twist: ‘I hope we have a great Thanksgiving, I can’t wait to see the cousins.’ They used to pray for a dog, until we got a dog,” Obama said.

“But in the end we always say, ‘We hope we live long and strong,”‘ Michelle Obama added.

“Long and strong,” the president echoed.

Asked how he relieves the stress that comes with the job, Obama said two things help the most: exercise and spending time with his kids.

“When you’re stressed, they are just … they’re funny, they’re smart, they’re happy,” he said.

“They rock you back into what’s important,” added the first lady.

Obama said one of the most important things for him in terms of stress reduction “is the fact that if I’m here in Washington, I’m having dinner at 6:30, just about every night and sitting around that table, listening to them, and trying to answer their questions. That keeps my bearings.”

12 Responses to “when we grow up we’re going to live in a big house with a dog”

  1. 1 alsame
    June 9, 2010 at 10:36 am

    That is beyond adorable! Good find.

  2. 2 Eleroy
    June 10, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Beautiful, beautiful children…really lovely!! They’ll certainly grow up to be wonderful adults!!

  3. 3 Anniebella
    June 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Today June 10th 2010, is Miss Sasha’s 9th birthday. Happy Birthday Sasha !!!!!!!!!

  4. 4 donna
    July 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Happy Birthday Malia!

  5. 5 CR
    July 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Happy Birthday Malia!

  6. 6 verline
    July 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Happy birthday Malia Ann Obama.

  7. 7 donna
    July 4, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Happy 4th of July Everybody!

    Don’t forget to go on to http://www.whitehouse.gov/live for the Independence Day celebration at the White House. President Obama is expected to make remarks at 7:PM EDT.

  8. 8 Anniebella
    July 5, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Happy 12th Birthday to Malia Obama, July 4th. The picture of the girls are so cute. Happy 4th of July America.

  9. 9 Avpmom
    July 5, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Beautiful children…
    Happy birthday to Malia – she seems to be such a lady!
    President Obama has to start getting ready for that rush of young boys these beautiful and well-behaved girls are bound to attract! I bet he’s dreading it – not funny at all for any dad!

  10. 10 Anniebella
    July 5, 2010 at 2:22 am

    @Avpmom…..Oh No! Something else for him to worry about. I bet that will give him more gray hairs then anything else. Give the President at least four more years before he has to even think about that. Hopefully when the President is in his second term.

  11. 11 busbus
    July 5, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Happy birthday, Malia. May God’s blessings be with you always.

  12. 12 Chi
    November 27, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous children…

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