Obama a Little Nervous: Malia Turning 13
President: 'I have men with guns who surround them all the time'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2011 11:53 AM CDT
US President Barack Obama (L), First Lady Michelle Obama (C) and their daughter Malia (R) arrive at a school function for their daughter Sasha in Bethesda, Maryland, May 20, 2011.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – President Barack Obama concedes he's nervous about his daughter Malia turning 13 next month, but says "I'm not anticipating complete mayhem for the next four, five years." Why? Because of his wife, in part. In an ABC interview, Obama explains that his girls "for whatever reasons—and I think Michelle gets the lion's share of the credit—are right now just wonderful kids. They're smart, they're funny. But most importantly, they're kind, they're respectful, they're responsible, they're well-behaved. I could not ask for better kids."

Asked how he would feel about Malia (who, incidentally, is now 5' 10") starting to date, the president quipped, in a reference to the Secret Service, that "I have men with guns who surround them all the time ... and it means they never get in a car with a boy who had a beer." Obama says he might ask Malia's date "what his GPA is" and what his intentions and career plans are. But he quickly adds that if the girls are watching the interview, "I'm just joking."