Barack Obama says his family is ready to leave the White House after his eight years in office.
In a preview for 60 Minutes special Barack Obama: Eight Years in the White House, the 55-year-old President opened up about his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha‘s time in the White House.
“They’re ready to go. The girls obviously, they are now of an age which the constraints of secret service and bubbles and all that stuff has gotten pretty old,” he explained.
Barack added, “Michelle never fully took to the scrutiny. She’s thrived as a First Lady but it’s not her preference…She never fully embraced being in the public spotlight, which is ironic given how good she is.”
The 55-year-old current President said he had not yet seen the reports.
“As a matter of principle and national security I don’t comment on classified information,” the President stated.
“I ordered a report about Russia’s involvement in the hacking of the DNC, and passing on that information to Wikileaks because, I felt it was important now that the election was over for everybody to understand exactly what happened, in order to prevent it from happening again, in order to make sure we’re working effectively with our allies, so that misinformation and cyberattacks don’t end up undermining democratic structures around the world,” the President said.
“My hope is that this work will continue after I leave; that Congress in possession of both the classified and unclassified reports, that the President-elect and his administration — in possession of both the classified and unclassified reports — will take it seriously and now get to work reinforcing those mechanisms that we can use to protect our democracy,” he added, declining to really comment on the nature of the reports.
The President of the United States saved remarks for his family for the end of the address, which was delivered on Tuesday night (January 10) in Chicago, Ill.
“Michelle – for the past 25 years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend,” Obama said. “You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You’ve made me proud. You’ve made the country proud.”
“Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad,” he added about his daughters.
Obama to Michelle: ‘You have made the country proud’
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