"Barack and I take great joy in embarrassing our children," the First Lady jokes

By Tierney McAfee
May 04, 2015 06:10 PM
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Barack Obama may be known as the “cool president” but that’s not exactly how his two teenage daughters see him.

In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Michelle Obama reveals Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, no longer want to be seen with their parents.

“We’re the last people our kids want to be with,” the First Lady, 51, told ET after her speech at Detroit’s College Signing Day on Friday. “I think they’re conditioning us for that empty nest syndrome, but we’re not relishing that at all. We don’t know what we’re going to do. I got to get him some more hobbies.”

Of course, it doesn’t help that the Obamas actually try to embarrass their daughters sometimes. Even school can’t save the college-bound girls now.

“I threaten them that I’m going to buy an apartment near their campus and visit and sit in their classes, but that’s an idle threat,” Obama jokes. “Barack and I take great joy in embarrassing our children. We threaten them.”

The tactic seems to work – especially during official functions.

“Sometimes when you see me whispering to them in a crowd I’m saying, ‘Sit up or I’m going to embarrass you. I’m going to start dancing!’ And they’re like, ‘No, mom. Please don’t. Stop!’ But we get that. Our kids are as humiliated by us as the next. They take it in good stride. They put up with us,” she said.

Jokes aside, Obama can’t wait to see the “phenomenal people” Sasha and Malia – who will be a high school senior in the fall – will become.

“I’m going to be happy to see them thriving on campus work study jobs, traveling and having all these wonderful independent experiences that are going to make them phenomenal people,” Obama said.

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