His daughter doesn't approve of Paris, the presidential hopeful tells Tyra Banks

By Stephen M. Silverman
October 01, 2007 06:00 PM
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Sen. Barack Obama took an unusual break from the campaign trail – to gaze into a crystal ball with Tyra Banks.

And what does he see in his future, Banks asked the 46-year-old presidential candidate? “I see the White House,” he replied, matter-of-factly, on her show Monday.

Obama also made clear that his wife and daughters are extremely particular on where they spend their nights.

“This isn’t a Hilton hotel, is it?” he said his 9-year-old daughter, Malia, will ask as the family tours the country – because the little one keeps up with the news and does not approve of Paris Hilton, he says.

“Parents have to realize, kids want limits, they want structure,” he said. “They don’t want you to be their best friend. They want you to be the parent. If we had more parenting, then the kinds of influences we see on television don’t matter.”

Obama stressed that it is his wife, Michelle, who is the disciplinarian in the family – even making sure he stays off cigarettes.

She is also the role model to their two girls. (Besides Malia, there is 6-year-old Sasha.)

“They know that no one has it more together than their mom,” he said, also describing Michelle, 43, as “very strong, tough, self-possessed … but she is also, I think, a person who feels very deeply.”

Obama met his future spouse when the two were in law school. “I offered to buy her ice cream,” he recalled. “So we went to the Baskin-Robbins near my apartment, sat on the curb and ate ice cream.”

“So, did you kiss her?” Banks wondered.

“After the ice cream, I must admit, I did,” he said. “And she tasted like chocolate.”

The couple will be celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Banks told the audience – their crystal anniversary, she emphasized, which is why the crystal ball appeared.

Peering into the senator’s iPod, Banks asked what he has on it: Jay-Z, Miles Davis, classical music, he said, along with “some Bach … I got a little salsa, too.”

And, should there be a future movie biography of him, Obama said Denzel Washington could play him, though with the way his ears stick out, he said, “It may have to be Will Smith.”

Banks, 33, also took the opportunity of the senator’s visit to talk about her brother, which, she pointed out, is something she does not do regularly. He is Capt. Devin Banks and is deployed in Afghanistan, she said before requesting that Obama look directly into the camera and deliver a message to him.

“Devin, we are proud of you,” the senator said. “We are grateful for your service. We want to get you back home as soon as possible. I know Tyra is thinking about you all the time, so make sure to send her e-mails all the time.”

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