President Obama Opens Up About his Family in Cover Story for GQ’s 20th Anniversary Men of the Year Issue

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He may be the leader of the free world but when it comes to his family, President Obama says he’s third in the chain of command – with his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, ranking No. 1 and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, “constantly wrestling for second place.”

“I rank ahead of the dogs,” Obama jokes.

Opening up about his “amazing” daughters in his cover story for GQ’s 20th Anniversary Men of the Year issue, the president gushes, “They’re smart, they’re funny. They take after their mom, and Michelle’s done a great job with them.”

Of course, at 17 (Malia) and 14 (Sasha), they’ve still got some growing up to do.

“You get these teenage moments – they love you, but what I think really affects you most is they just don’t have time for you,” he explains. “It’s not an active disdain for you. It’s just their calendars start filling up and they’ve got all these friends who are much more interesting.”

And watching his daughters communicate with their bevy of buddies is pretty interesting for Obama.

“Both are complete ninjas on the phone, right?” he says. “And they can do things that I don’t even understand – they’re doing it in two seconds. But I even see a difference between Malia, who’s 17, and Sasha, who’s 14. There’s almost a mini-generational gap in terms of Sasha being so connected seamlessly to this smartphone in a way that Malia, who was already a little bit older when it really started to take, is not.”

“Her social life is so connected to that,” he adds of Sasha.

But Obama says he understands that he’s not in his daughters’ inner social circles at the moment.

“You just have to let go, you have to acknowledge that if you say to them, ‘Hey, you want to go watch this movie?’ or ‘Hey, you want to go take a swim at the pool?’ [they’ll say], ‘No, sorry, Daddy. I love you, though. See you tomorrow, ’cause I’m spending the night at somebody’s house.’ The golden age is between, say, 6, 7, and 12, and they’re your buddies and they just want to hang out. And after that, they will love you, but they don’t have that much time for you.”

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SOURCE: People Magazine – Tierney McAfee