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Malia Obama Teases Her Dad


Sen. Barack Obama talks to his daughter Malia as they watch an Independence Day parade in Butte, Mont., on her birthday, July 4, 2008. (Associated Press).

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Michelle Obama isn't the only member of the Obama family willing to tweak the presumptive Democratic nominee publicly.

In an interview on the show Access Hollywood, Barack Obama's 10-year-old daughter Malia described how when one of her friends visited their house, the Illinois senator greeted the friend like a voter in Iowa.

"You really don't shake kids' hands that much, you shake adults' hands," 10-year-old Malia said she told her father."...You just wave or say hi."

The candidate admitted, "She basically avoids me embarrassing her by giving me these tips. Especially when I am around her friends."

The interview, conducted last week while the Obamas campaigned in Montana, was one of the first in the campaign in which the candidate allowed the press to talk to his daughters. While seven-year-old Sasha said little, Malia noted how interesting it was seeing her mom in People magazine.

"I saw that magazine and I was like 'Oh Mommy, you're in this," Malia said, "because I've never seen Mommy in that. I usually see people like Angelina Jolie."

"Real important people," her mom interjected.

"Real important people," her daughter repeated, and looked up at her mother to add "no offense."

Later in the interview, Michelle Obama poked fun at her husband's fashion sense, saying "I think it's funny he's involved in this fashion icon stuff. These pants, he's had for probably about 10 years."

"And that belt," Malia added, leading the interviewer, Obama's wife and his daughter to all join in making fun of his pants and belt.

The candidate admitted he doesn't have perfect sense, adding "I hate to shop."

While the interview, due to air the next few days on television and already airing on the web, made little major news, the candidate said he regretted allowing an interview with children, who have generally been kept off-limits from reporters during the campaign. He said he had a "little bit of pause" as he had watched parts of the interview on television and would avoid having his daughters interviewed in the future.

"I think we got carried away a little," Obama said Wednesday on ABC's Good Morning America.

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those little girls should not have bee interviewed. people should stop treating their father like a rock star and start seeing him for who he is- a highly arrogant, inexperienced, flip-flopping, dangerous super-liberal. Obamas exploitaion of his children in this way and his hasty apoligy afterward should be a warning sign(among many others, I must add) for those who wish to see him elected. However, With liberals controlling the media, schools, and our lives in general, I doubt that will ever happen. sigh.

Posted by: e | July 19, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

What about actually learning about Obama and his family? Too often these posts turn into an exchange of who knows less.

Posted by: obamatracker.com | July 14, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Even though I think the Obama girls are absolutely charming and adorable, I don't think their parents should put them in public light like they have just done again.

This is because there are always some people who are so low and base enough to use even children to get at their opponents. We don't live in a perfect society. Unfortunately, having to deal with people to whom nothing is off limit is very much a reality in today's world. Michelle Obama needs to be aware of this and not put her little girls in harms way.

Posted by: thisworld | July 10, 2008 4:53 AM | Report abuse

I must admit I watched the Obama family interview clips several times. Michelle & Barack dote on their kids, the girls quite endearing. That they love and are considerate of one another is obvious - and this is what's very refreshing to me - a family in the real sense. Now get this: My Republican neighbors told me today that watching this interview pushed them over the fence. Well, they've been leaning towards Obama, but I've given up on them, knowing them as cynics (think "wasp"). They were bedazzled by this family interview, and had some compliments as well to the lady interviewer, Maria Menounos.

Posted by: Alfonso | July 9, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh, leave the Obamas alone! Barack is just trying to prove that he, far from being elitist, is one of the masses. He didn't need to convince me; I've long considered him AND his lovely wife, Michelle, to be People Magazine and Excess Hollywood material. If their children are, at the ripe ages of ten and seven, deemed to be worthy of interviewing, then who can argue with that? Besides, they are so cute! You know, "Out of the mouthes of babes..." We Obama doubters have learned so MUCH from this sweet family display! And the Obama worshippers have been fed, too, if not sated, so where's the harm? Those of you who think that this display lacks class and is evidence of manipulation --- think! Obama is one of masses, not an elitist. Isn't that reassuring?

Posted by: commensense20 | July 9, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I was surprised at the parents' lack of judgment in putting their two young daughters on a tabloid TV show since they had so many examples they might have followed.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis, for instance, was fiercely protective of her children's privacy, as were Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter with young Amy and Bill and Hillary Clinton with Chelsea. Laura Bush was careful to always accompany her adult daughter, Jenna, as she made the rounds on various news shows following the announcement of her engagement. Indeed, even the Prince and Princess of Wales were able to strike a deal with the notoriously aggressive British tabloid to leave their sons alone until they were adults.

While I prefer to believe that the appearance wasn't intended to be exploitive, Mr. Obama has said he was swept up in the moment and this clouded his judgment.

And this failure to use what should have been rather obvious common sense cannot help but once again call into question his ability to make good judgements for all Americans, particularly when negotiating with seriously hard hitters like Putin.

No wonder so many of America's enemies in the world support Obama - they know that, with him at the helm, they can walk all over America!

Posted by: GPM | July 9, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so the Obamas are a nice family. I got that. I'm ready for the part where he explains how he's going to implement Universal Healthcare for all Americans, and we need it very quicklyd.. so we can't wait another 4 years. We need it Now.
Obama, this is what I'm concerned about,
and this is how I will make up my mind whether to vote for you or McCain. It has
nothing to do with your family life.


Posted by: paul | July 9, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse


Can Obama make up his mind about anything, and stick to it?

Did he not run on his unlapsable judgement?

Kids are cute. But he looks more dominated by his women than ever.

Posted by: Chicago1 | July 9, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Right wing wackos everywhere are burning with rage at this interview. It makes the Obamas look just like every other American family. A man, his wife, and two fantastic, well behaved kids. It's kind of hard to make the claim that Obama is the devil incarnate given that fact, as many crackpot McBush supporters have attempted to do.

This plays very very well in Peoria.

Posted by: Bob | July 9, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I think it's a great opportunity to get to know the family. After all we all know that Bush's daughters have been interviewed over the years. They've been in trouble for partying, and underage drunkeness, and insubordination. That's a lot worse than two innocent girls talking freely. I think it was a light and enjoyable experience getting to know the human side of Obama. I think everyone that is thinking he was an opportunist and threw the kids to the wolves is wrong. He was being an opportunist, but wanted to show America that he is a responsible family man and not out of control like Bush and other political candidates.

Posted by: The Hammer | July 9, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Reason: You are absolutely insane. Did you forget to take your lithium medication? Please go take it!

Posted by: NinaK | July 9, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Re: WTF Man

I doubt you have watched the interview. You propose that Barack could be some kind of monster who beats his wife and kids... Wow!

On what basis, beyond your own delusions, could you possibly say that. All you have to do is watch this interview and you will know they are a good and decent family.

Are you just a bigot or some fire-breathing conservate ideologue with no rational mind? Seems like that is more likely than you being some kind of thoughtful and considerate person.

To all those that HATE and that includes many on here. It is time to fight tyranny and oppression. You can join us in doing that, but first you will have to take on your own demons. The racism and bigotry in your own hearts and minds.

This will take courage and conviction. It will take principle and prizing truth above lies. Some of you may be brave enough to join in this effort.

To those who do not. You should all know that each time you post another lie, that this is cowardice. That you are doing it out of fear, afraid to really look inside and deal with your own issues.

Posted by: Mike in Sac | July 9, 2008 4:21 PM
-------------------------
WTF is probably projecting HIS OWN monstrous behavior of beating HIS own wife and children unto Senator Obama. People who are contstantly degarding others are usually those who are so mentally and emotionally flawed that they project their evil deeds onto others to make themselves feel better for a little while anyway. Then the cycle starts all over again. And then there are those who are downright mean and bigotted. Either way, they are enough to ruin anyone's day! I make a great effort to say away from such people.

Posted by: NinaK | July 9, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"ok, there is the cute interview designed to picture Obama as a nice safe family man. I don't expect any equal time for McCain. This attempt to humanize a socialist pig, his marxist wife and their children is frankly disgusting. Why not air Hitler's home movies too?"

Oh, what, are we going to revert to fifty years ago, when accusing political adversaries of being red commies was all the rage? The Cold War is over pal, go back to being frightened by your Jitter Bug and spare us your conspiracy theories.

Posted by: tim | July 9, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The Obama family is the All-American Family and an awesome role model for parents everywhere!! Far too many families in our country are broken for various reasons, perhaps seeing a truely happy, relaxed, and loving family can change family values in our United States and elsewhere.

John McCain's family values have been lacking. Committing adultry against his former wife while still recovering from a bad accident, and leaving her and the children for Cindy bespeaks of poor family values and lack of commitment to his wife and children. Take a close look at Cindi, she is NOT relaxed and certainly does not look all that happy. When she teased about him about his thinning hair, he snapped that at least he did not "cake on the makeup like a "trollop, you c**t!" This in the presence of others!! Makes one wonder how he treats her and talks to her in the privacy of their seven homes. It could be you or me he'd be addressing in such a manner if we, somehow, offended him. Think about it! Calling his wife,(or any woman, for that matter, a trollop and a c**t clearly bespeaks of a crude man who has NO respect for women and who displays the epitomy of his contempt toward his own wife and women!! Ladies and gentlemen, is this what we want in the Oval Office??

Anyone notice how the Obamas enter the stage hand in hand? Anyone notice how McCain enters the stage with Cindi a few feet behind him? Then she stands ba little behind him at the podium, looking stiff and uncomfortable as if she is afraid to even blink?

Posted by: NinaK | July 9, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

The Obama family is the All-American Family amd a an awesome role model for parents everywhere!! Far too many families in our country are broken for various reasons, perhaps seeing a truely happy, relaxed, and loving family can change family values in our United States and elsewhere.

John McCain's family values have been lacking. Committing adultry against his former wife, leaving her and the children for Cindy bespeaks of poor family values and commitment to his wife and children. Take a close look at Cindi, she is NOT relaxed and certainly does not look all that happy. When she teased about his thinning hair, he snapped that at lease he did not cake on the makeup like a 'trollop, you c**t!" This in the presence of others!! Makes him wonder how he treats her and talks to her in the privacy of their seven homes. It could be you or me he'd be addressing if we, somehow, offended him. Think about it! Calling his wife,(or any woman, for that matter, a trollop and a c**t clearly bespeaks of a crude man who has NO respect for women and is the epitomy of contempt toward women!! Ladies and gentlemen, is this what we want in the Oval Office??

Anyone notice how the Obamas enter the stage hand in hand? Anyone notice how McCain enters the stage with Cindi a few feet behind him? Then stands ba little behind him at the podium and stands there as stiff as as a rod, like she is afraid to even blink?

Posted by: NinaK | July 9, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

ok, there is the cute interview designed to picture Obama as a nice safe family man. I don't expect any equal time for McCain. This attempt to humanize a socialist pig, his marxist wife and their children is frankly disgusting. Why not air Hitler's home movies too?

Posted by: marc christophe | July 9, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

There is no possible way that a person could criticize this interview with the Obama family, unless they belong to one of the following categories of persons:
1. A bigot

2. A bigot

3. A bigot

And, for all you bigots, just remember to always paraphrase the statement by that early Republican, Abe: The world will little note, and certainly never remember what you say here. Smile, it's fun.

Posted by: Herb | July 9, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Well there were some pros and cons about Obama letting the kids do the interview. I know there were times when I said I would never let my kids do something then got caught up in the excitement and changed my mind. I see nothing wrong with that. I see the Republicans are at it again with a lot of ugly comments. I am not referring to the ones where you are against the kids being interviewed but rather the continuous ones I see where they call Obama names and try to insinuate he is liar. At least Obama never cost the tax payers millions of dollars breaking the law like McCain did with the Keating 5. The man has no respect for the law now so that makes me believe McCain will have even less respect for the law if we are ever dumb enough to give him and his crooks the keys to the White House. I am referring to people like Phil Gramm when I mentioned McCain's crooked cronies.

Posted by: Jake | July 9, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Re: WTF Man

I doubt you have watched the interview. You propose that Barack could be some kind of monster who beats his wife and kids... Wow!

On what basis, beyond your own delusions, could you possibly say that. All you have to do is watch this interview and you will know they are a good and decent family.

Are you just a bigot or some fire-breathing conservate ideologue with no rational mind? Seems like that is more likely than you being some kind of thoughtful and considerate person.

To all those that HATE and that includes many on here. It is time to fight tyranny and oppression. You can join us in doing that, but first you will have to take on your own demons. The racism and bigotry in your own hearts and minds.

This will take courage and conviction. It will take principle and prizing truth above lies. Some of you may be brave enough to join in this effort.

To those who do not. You should all know that each time you post another lie, that this is cowardice. That you are doing it out of fear, afraid to really look inside and deal with your own issues.

Posted by: Mike in Sac | July 9, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

"What a yawn! Who cares. I'm quite sick of the "Obama Reality Show" and the media being so far up his butt that they can tell you what he ate for yesterday's lunch. The media needs to stop acting like the election coverage is an Obama infomercial."

Hmmm, let's see, what is more interesting: an historic, well-spoken, young candidate, or an old white guy who is about as enthralling as a cup of water evaporating?

Posted by: NEDDIEBOY | July 9, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Why are so many comments filled with hate, and the unability to see the good in a person? And we wonder why so many people are concerned what is in store for their future. The pure innocence of a child and how they responde is such a God given gift to all of us. Sure there probably was a little politics involved from the media coverage of the Obama children, so what. Better look back over the past several years and then tell us no other politician has done the same thing. Showing such great family values only brings out the good that is in a person. Listening to all the negativity from some of the media and from all the staunch Republicans that want to bring down a good mans character by going through the innocense of a child, has only done one thing. It has made me,and undecided independant in michigan, to finally make the decision and say that I am voting for OBAMA!! I hope every other independant can make that same decision.

Posted by: tim-michigan | July 9, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Casey | July 9, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"You people are all nuts. For all you know he could go home and beat his kids and his wife. You don't live with this man. If you believe what you see on TV and in any media source you're fools. It's all fabricated. You see what they want you to see."

Everything you see is a fabrication, man! It's all lies! THERE IS NO SPOON!!!

Posted by: bob | July 9, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

What a yawn! Who cares. I'm quite sick of the "Obama Reality Show" and the media being so far up his butt that they can tell you what he ate for yesterday's lunch. The media needs to stop acting like the election coverage is an Obama infomercial.

Posted by: Pete | July 9, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Interesting to read the comparisons to Hillary and her daughter, Chelsea. I don't think it really compares. Chelsea campaigned for Hillary. That is hugely different than just doing an interview for an entertainment show.

Kids represent to what extent their parents are good people. You can judge a lot based on somebody's kid. How they turn out reflects on the quality of who raised them.

These kids are healthy and happy. They were articulate and not afraid to say what they thought and felt. Overall, I think the introduction was very nice. It definitely presented a human and warm side of Obama.

If Barack and Michelle can raise two great kids like that then they can't be the fear provoking demon-figures of angry black radicals we should all be afraid of, at least according to FOX News.

Both Barack and Michelle have to be decent and good people.

Posted by: Mike in Sac | July 9, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

You people are all nuts. For all you know he could go home and beat his kids and his wife. You don't live with this man. If you believe what you see on TV and in any media source you're fools. It's all fabricated. You see what they want you to see.

Posted by: WTF Man | July 9, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Before: "I don't trust that Barack HUSSEIN Obama, he makes no indication that he has family values. Why can't we hear from his kids? What is he trying to hide?"

After: "I don't trust that Barack HUSSEIN Obama, he pimps his kids out to the media just to demonstrate that he has family values."

Translation: "I'm a true conservative. My skull is thick and my opinions static."

Posted by: Karl | July 9, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Gee... Whose pimping out not one but two daughters now?

Posted by: clintongirl | July 9, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"What about having the guts to stick to a decision made, Mr. Obama? That's what we need with our next president."

Right, another president who considers himself infallible and sticks by his ludicrously wrong decisions, that's what this country needs four more years of...

Posted by: Fred | July 9, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

There are so many things Mr. Obama does one day and "regrets" the next, whether it's showing his kids, or defining a nth strategy for Iraq... It is gettng a little troubling.

What about having the guts to stick to a decision made, Mr. Obama? That's what we need with our next president.

Posted by: Gary L | July 9, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Cute interview! Shows what a great family man he is.

Posted by: Rosei | July 9, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"If you have a paying job, and pay your taxes you'd have to be crazy to vote for Mr. Obama... His fiscal plan calls for raising the taxes to the level unprecedented in the past.

Posted by: John Galt | July 9, 2008 3:26 PM "

wow John. You know we NEED to raise taxes to make up for the huge slump that 8 years of Dubya has put us in right? or to pay for useful things such as health care that we are severely lacking?

call me crazy if you must but I personally am willing to sacrifice a few extra dollars where it is needed.

Posted by: nick | July 9, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama supports infanticide! He doesn't have my vote.

Posted by: john | July 9, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

If you have a paying job, and pay your taxes you'd have to be crazy to vote for Mr. Obama... His fiscal plan calls for raising the taxes to the level unprecedented in the past.

Posted by: John Galt | July 9, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

www.sundaram-art.com

for portraits of Obama

shan the artist

Posted by: shan the artist | July 9, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Pure flufffff...

Posted by: J.P. | July 9, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone at all concerned about this country, when the big news is about an interview that was done for the purpose of "nicing it up" for the public? We need to be concerned about the issues and not who has cute kids, or how a candidate dresses. Only a true president would put his kids on the air for the first time and then say he got a little carried away, and that he regrets the interview. Fickle fickle fickle this country truy is.

Posted by: Lauren | July 9, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

The American public doesnt understand this side of you, Barack, the same side that understood Larry Sinclair one night in '99. Let's not forget about it, because it helped you grow as a person, and surprisingly, it brought you to where you are today.

Posted by: Jerome | July 9, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a great candidate for the presidency. He has great family values and is a honest man. This country is in need of a serious "Change" and I honestly think he is the right person for this change!Obama difinitely has my vote. Go Obama!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

even though i have respect for a persons opinion {be it good bad or indifferent}in most cases; however,anyone finding fault with the way we were introduced to the REAL OBAMA GIRLS reminds me of that ole saying " EVERYBODY HAS AN A@##HOLE SOME JUST STINK WAY MORE THAN OTHERS" the interview was relaxed,liteheart and enjoyable and the amazing thing about it was i saw images of children from all over the world and from all walks of life in MIlIA AND SASHA'S words actions faces and innocents; the way most people would if their hearts weren't filled with so much selfhate,anger and bigotry at least in my opinion and to those who might use my aforementioned phrase agin me i say this i at least i got to enjoy the beauty and innocence of GODS creations for a little while before being bombarded with crimes against children broadcasted by mainstream media

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I am not JakeD or Rat_the.

I have never posted to this blog before.
I'm sorry if you can't believe there are other people who know Obama is a liar.
We CANNOT trust him.

PLEASE, WTFU people!!!

Posted by: reason | July 9, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

This fellow asks the media to stay away from his kids while he's out campaining and then runs to the media when he takes a break to show America what a "Dad" he is. Probably the first time he watched one of his kids games in a year.

Posted by: good dad | July 9, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

One has to wonder about the motivation to march the kids out, but perhaps the reason was best described in the NY Times, by Dave Brooks and Gail Collins
"But as recent weeks have made clear, Barack Obama is the most split-personality politician in the country today. On the one hand, there is Dr. Barack, the high-minded, Niebuhr-quoting speechifier who spent this past winter thrilling the Scarlett Johansson set and feeling the fierce urgency of now. But then on the other side, there's Fast Eddie Obama, the promise-breaking, tough-minded Chicago pol who'd throw you under the truck for votes."
One hopes the kids turn out more honest then the parents.

Posted by: starryperdun | July 9, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

That's a shame. Even though I'm a White bigot I think little Black kids are charming and cute. He won't have a chance for my vote without constantly airing those kids.

Posted by: Mark Davis | July 9, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

One minute we hear that Obama is an "outsider" then we get a small glimpse into his family life and now he's exploiting his children. He's damn if he do, damned if he don't. I loved the comment about his clothes. It really shows what an elitist he is. Especially with the frayed belt.

Posted by: Shy | July 9, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

He is human. He is real. He has a nice family. NORMAL. He has my vote.

Posted by: DenisR | July 9, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Family Values to me? McCain? Not so much.

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 9, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

All are garbages

Posted by: SmithH | July 9, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"reason" aka "JakeD" or "Rat_the" here's what you should do...


STFU!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I CANNOT believe how completely FOOLED you all are by this man.
HE IS NOT GOOD.
His money and advisors come from the CFR, et al.
ITS POLITICS AS USUAL,
just wrapped up with the pretty little bow of a democratic black superstar.

HE WILL ATTACK IRAN, he will continue the globalist agenda of selling this country down the river...
and I won't even talk about his personal past he is hiding (look up the murder of Donald Young.)

Posted by: reason | July 9, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Lets see if we can make Malia Smile!

From the Happiness Factory

Matt Harding Dancing all over the World!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY

Posted by: Cooday | July 9, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

It will be great to have a President whose daughters are not making news for drugs, alcohol or lying about where they were during 9/11.

Posted by: chris | July 9, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Yes the President or any other parent can decide to shield their chidren from the press. Politics is an often ugly business and the innocence of a child should never be taken away or compromised, no mater who their father is.

Obama is the first truly genuine politician I have seen in at least 40 years. This man continues to break down barriers and get the work of the people done whereever he has held office. I do not see or care about his skin color, I certainly do not beleive he is a muslim as some would want me to believe, but I do see him as fitting the model that our founding fathers had in mind. Like them Obama has put aside his income potential for the purpose of serving his conutry in the best way he knows how to as every patriot should. He does not fit in with the capital beltway crowd but nore does he want to. I absolutely believe that if he is elected to the highest seat in the land then a refreshing new model of politician will have been birthed. Wouldn't it be nice if we were to see no more lifetime politicians. But rather have citizens serving in a sincere but limited terms as a act of patriotism instead of what we have been observing as candidates at the polls for some time now.

Posted by: Harry in Annapolis | July 9, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Whoever is responsible for this story being listed in google.com/news MAINPAGE should be fired. Whoever wrote this article should seriously question the value of their j-school.

Posted by: Christopher | July 9, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I understand why Senator Obama wants to shield his kids from the whole media celebrity trap. The Pres. race isn't about cute kids and light hearted interviews. And this one interview opens up a whole line of distracting questions on the campaign trail from the media.

That said, I really enjoyed seeing the family. I think Malia was probably more engaged in the discussion than Sasha, who looked bored and tired, like any good 7 year old.

Posted by: SB writer | July 9, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I like the family he`s got. He should win.

Posted by: Izak | July 9, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

""So Chelsea was being "prostituted" and these kids aren't? What kind of double standard is this?"" I think you're confused. The Chelsea remark that she was being "pimped out" WAS the news story....not that she was campaigning for her mom.

Posted by: Lee_Usa | July 9, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

>>So Chelsea was being "prostituted" and these kids aren't? What kind of double standard is this?

Posted by: Lee_Usa | July 9, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

The Obama family is all that we think an American family should be....loving, funny and
supportive. Nothing wrong with that....though it will be hard to keep those two girls out of
the spotlight after November.

Posted by: Lee_Usa | July 9, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

So Chelsea was being "prostituted" and these kids aren't? What kind of double standard is this?

I'm about to puke with all this "gee, aren't they so cute" garbage. We're choosing who will lead our country, not who has the cutest kids!!!

Posted by: Keith | July 9, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

You mean like the current president, Brad? I don't think that Mr. Obama should regret this at all. It is good to see that someone who could be our next president has such a strong family connection.

Posted by: Nick | July 9, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"The President can't be choosing his principles (don't have his children interviewed on TV) after making mistakes."

Yep, it's a good thing that Bush and McCain have never made mistakes! Whew!

If his biggest mistake is that he had his children with him during an interview on a spur of the moment decision, I'm willing to live with that. I'm certain our country is too.

Posted by: McCain is a panderer | July 9, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The President can't be choosing his principles (don't have his children interviewed on TV) after making mistakes.

Posted by: Brad | July 9, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

This is the best kind of family -- warm, loving, accepting. This kind of relaxed, easy communication can't be faked, and these people are genuine, regular people. Let's hope they can survive the attention of a crazed culture, but if anyone is equipped with the right sense of values to stay connected to what is really important, it is this lovely Obama family. We are so lucky to have this opportunity to elect people like this to represent us all.

Posted by: Kaity | July 9, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Cute..looks like Dems can also be family men also.

Posted by: MR Truth | July 9, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

My daughter's favorite song and we are posting it for Malia!

SpongeBob F.U.N Song -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfEfM-MnTGc

Posted by: Karen from California | July 9, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Clearly he has a very good family life and the Obama kids are adorable.

The interviewer was on a show and said she has spent part of the day with the family and that including the kids was off the cuff.

I watched segments on TV last night and it was really interesting. The kids felt very comfortable just being themselves and talking. They teased their dad and he really seemed to enjoy it.

I think that the genuineness of the interview paints a nice portrait of the candidate. You can really judge a person by how their kids act and interact with their parents.

Posted by: Mike in Sac | July 9, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Very solid family of real and good values. I'd love to see those values in all American families.

Posted by: Gabriela | July 9, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The Senator should have no regrets about the interview. It showed how balanced, well-adjusted, and loving his family is. And it was a good way/time to ease his children further into the spotlight that they inevitably will find themselves. They will need to learn how to handle the attention in a healthy way.

Posted by: Independent Voter | July 9, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Tongassberry | July 9, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse


This is a BEAUTIFUL family.....His kids, especially seems to be smart and cute...

Posted by: rajah kahn | July 9, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

If anything can indicate what kind of a person Obama is deep down inside, it is the fact that his kids are clearly well loved, stable, and happy. I'll take that over conventional foreign policy experience any day.

Posted by: Nodrog | July 9, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The Media and the Republicans will manage to find something bad and 'dangerous' about this interview, as they always do.
What I learn is that Obama is not buying shoes every year or new expensive belts to look good, what tells me that he is doing something else, like working and that he is frugal, which is a nice quality to have these days. Sean Penn has boots that are like 10 years old. Somehow I like that.

Posted by: Fernando F. | July 9, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Better late then never :-)

Happy Birthday Malia!
Happy Birthday - The Beattles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glNjsOHiBYs


Posted by: Ch’áak’ and Yeil | July 9, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Since when is it ok to exploit someone's children just for tv ratings? Leave the kids out of it. They need to lead as normal a life as possible.

Posted by: grammy | July 9, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Better late then never :-)

Happy Birthday Malia!
Happy Birthday - The Beatles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glNjsOHiBYs

Posted by: Ch’áak’ and Yeil | July 9, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The Obama's seem like real good people. You don't have that sort of glow on your face without having it come from a good hearted person. They are more like me than the secretive disturbed looking faces that currentley stock the Whitehouse. Lead us back from our shame Obama. It's never too late to be kind and feel secure.

Posted by: Pollyanna | July 9, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Nice article...

But the press still isn't giving him donuts.

Posted by: pdxgeek | July 9, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

This is a beautiful family...

Posted by: Bee | July 9, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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