Barack Obama says he’s a cool dad

President-elect Barack Obama is going to be under a lot of scrutiny for at least the next four years. And not just when it comes to the country, but also in terms of his parenting. While there have been many children in the White House, young kids have been a bit of a rarity. Obama has said he thinks he’s a “cool dad” to Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7 – and it’s clear that he places a huge priority on his family.

The new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now, details the special bond between Obama and his daughters, and how the President-elect is the first leader who acts like a modern dad too: sharing parenting duties, attending school conferences and squeezing in the occasional date night with his wife, Michelle.

Case in point: before jetting off to the White House Monday, he kissed his daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, goodbye and dropped them off at school. During the campaign, Michelle told Us: “He’s an incredible husband and father. Not sure if the world knows yet, but they should!”

Adds Michelle’s former colleague, Paul Schmitz: “The Obamas are true to their word when they say they’re going to balance work and family.” So how will they actually do that? Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says it may be easier now than it was on the trail: “The family is more together here than during the campaign,” she tells Us.

So how will life for this once normal family from Chicago be changing? Earlier this week, Michelle began visiting potential schools for the girls ahead of the January 20 Inauguration. And even though they’ll have a chef whipping up their favorite treats – and a personal movie theater – in the White House, they’ll still be focusing on, “homework, chores, dance and soccer,” Michelle told Us before the election. “We have to put [children’s] education…first,” Michelle has said.

“I think I’m a pretty cool dad,” Obama told Us earlier in the campaign.

[From Us Weekly]

The Huffington Post has a really great gallery of pictures of the Obamas having special family moments with their daughters. It really is great to have a father of young children in the White House – Obama serves as a role model not just professionally but also as a parent.

Michelle Obama will be featured in the upcoming issue of OK! Magazine. She’s getting just as much attention as her husband in terms of her parenting. It’s hard not to wonder how in the world they both manage to have such busy careers and still make enough time for their kids, but it’s clearly they’ve definitely figured out how to manage it.

In related news, the Obamas are also big sellers. The magazines that didn’t feature Obama last week (most notably OK!) sold a small fraction compared to the magazines that did. Us Weekly and People sold approximately one and two million issues respectively. That’s a pretty huge difference – one that OK! is obviously trying to make up for. They apparently thought Suri Cruise was a better bet than the next president of the United States.

Photos from Barack Obama’s flickr used under Creative Commons license. Credit: David Katz/Obama for America

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  1. Kaiser says:

    Yeah, the Obama victory is pretty much saving all print media (for a few weeks at least).

    I’m excited about having younger kids in the White House – it’s never really happened in my lifetime. Although I’m like a year older than Chelsea Clinton, I never cared about her or the Bush girls. But Sasha & Malia are so friggin’ cute!

  2. caribassett says:

    Same here, the girls are adorable, and we are happy to have little ones in the White House. It is nice to see such a happy family.

  3. Baholicious says:

    They are a handsome family, without question.
    Actually, okay, they make me jealous (wish Barack Obama was my dad…sorry Dad)

  4. Bodhi says:

    That slide show is so cute!!

  5. abbizmal says:

    He is a cool dad. You can tell he loves those girls. I’m so glad he won the election. He rocks.

  6. Lore says:

    He’s just cool, ubercool, ultracool, 2 cool 4 school et….

  7. KateNonymous says:

    I heard the girls had been offered guest appearances on the Hannah Montana show. If the Obamas are serious about keeping their daughters grounded and out of the spotlight, they should absolutely not accept that offer!

  8. cc says:

    OK magazine…*snort*

  9. vdantev says:

    Will someone tell the GOP that the man has to be in the White House and actually DO SOMETHING WRONG before they are entitled to a backlash?

  10. Megan says:

    They are SUCH a cute family.

  11. jim says:

    Is this really news? I’m surprised the writer didn’t mention that Palin is a “bad mom” in her response.

  12. JaundiceMachine says:

    It doesn’t mean to be said, Jim. It doesn’t need to be said. 😉

  13. flourpot says:

    both girls are very cute. depending on Obama’s cycle in the House, we’ll be watching the older one hit puberty. and she will be a beauty. Daddy’s gonna have to put extra security at the doors, all the boys will be following her home from school 🙂 great family. glad they’re there.

  14. Chun Li says:

    Malia looks just like her dad, and Malia looks just like her mom.

    I’m 23, so this is the first time there’s been little kids in the white House that I can remember, so it’s kind of neat!

  15. lindsay says:

    I wish he was my dad too!
    Love obama!

  16. lanette says:

    they are a pretty family…loving..

  17. campylaura says:

    Every time I see pictures of them they look so normal and real and approachable even. I have never felt that way about any politician before but there’s something about the Obama family that seems natural and wholesome and loving, and I wish I was part of that circle. I’m sure they have their problems like everyone else, but I wish they’d just come over for Thanksgiving, you know?

  18. Feebee says:

    Of course he’s a cool dad (read: I’m not the main disciplinarian!!). His kids are adorable and it will be awesome to watch how they handle living in the White House and blossoming into young ladies. They’ll be at least 11 and 14 but hopefully 15 and 18 when they have to leave. Fun times ahead.

  19. Shane says:

    Adorable pictures, who can deny that?

    The cult of personality vibe that has hit this country regarding this man is unreal.

    Every person I know who comes from a dysfunctional / broken / absent parent family is head over heels in love with this family. No offense anyone.

    They seem terrific.

    We really don’t know how the next 4 years will go, it’s just “wait and see”, as it is with any new President.

    God I just hope we don’t end up a Socialistic / Welfare nation like France.

  20. popo says:

    Hey Shane I’m with you. I am in utter shock as to all this praising. I mean is it deserved? What has he done yet? And yes the kids are cute. End of story. And his need to be a cool dad, Why. Just be a dad.

  21. Kate says:

    I just love BO’s family committment. I, and I know many people, wondered about his vacation in Hawaii last summer in the midst of the campaign. It seemed insane to me at the time. Of course, now we all know it was to spend time with his beloved grandmother. He is my hero in so many ways.

  22. Sickitten says:

    He’s just a cool and geeky kinda guy. Yeah, I’m so sure he is an excellent dad. Class and compassion just ooze from his pores.

  23. daisy424 says:

    Agree with what Shane wrote. He seems like a good Dad.
    Anyone know them personally or just what you see in photo-ops and what you read in the media? You know the saying; The more perfect the picture….
    One thing for sure, in the next 4 years he will be immersed in running the country, long days, meetings & travel.

  24. Leandra says:

    I think cool really means he’s a good dad. Nice family.

  25. Diva says:

    What an f-ed up thing to say. He “looks” like a good dad but the more perfect the picture….?????????

    His daughters yelled out on stage to him that they loved him. When he dropped them off at school they couldn’t stop smiling and kissing him goodbye.

    Why would you bring your POLITICS into denegrating his FAMILY??? These are LITTLE girls who seem VERY happy with BOTH their parents.

  26. Kim says:

    There is a reason why Obama is being raised to cult status. SOmething about the guy resonates with most people. His kids look cute and there is no time that he has seemed pretentious or false or slimey. He will not be perfect but boy he is near perfect.

    I remember reading that he wanted to go home some weekends to spend time with the kids and his campaign managers told him if he wanted to win, he would have to forget it. He seems like a genuinely nice person. He is also tackling Washington lobbying and doing so without a condescending manner. Gotta love the man.

  27. Anon says:

    I’m actually worried for him with this level of worshipping. I like him as a future president and I am happy he got elected, but this degree of hero-worship worries me. The higher the pedestal people put him on, the further he’ll fall on the first occasion that it turns out he is human after all. America loves to tear down its heroes.

    He’s not the messiah. He’s a charismatic man with a good PR team, and he appears to be suitable for the position of president. He is not fundamentally better or different from yourself or the people around you. Please remember this..

  28. geronimo says:

    After the euphoria, I think everyone now knows it’s going to be a tough ride for him and understand that change won’t happen overnight. Even when things don’t move at the pace people might like, I reckon he’ll continue to have the goodwill of the majority behind him because enough people want him to succeed. No miracles, just a steady hand at the wheel.

    That slideshow is really touching. Such a strong, connected family.

  29. mel says:

    @Anon, you took the words right out of my mouth. He’s human and we should all remember that! I wish him well and I hope Americans will give him time to do his job ’cause getting us out of this mess from the Bush era is not going to happen over night.

  30. DemLaw says:

    Obama is no doubt being romanticized more than any other President, but if there’s any time to do that, it’s now. Once he’s inaugurated, we won’t see stories like this, so let’s enjoy them while they last and look forward to him putting his nose to the grindstone in 67 days.

    Also, to those that apparently fear socialism – don’t. This is something that was fed to you by a campaign, otherwise you would never have thought of it on your own. I certainly didn’t hear anyone screaming socialism before the campaign did. We have always had a tax and spend system and the Republicans presided over the largest expansion of government since FDR. And, as the great FDR said, “The only thing to fear is fear itself.”

    P.S. The only way we got out of the Depression was through FDR’s innovative programs, which would probably be called “socialist” today. Let’s do what’s best for our country and stop with the labeling.

  31. daisy424 says:

    Diva, you took my words out of context. I said seems, not looks. I have said the same thing about AJ/BP. Politics have nothing to do with it.
    I am not denegrating his family, just an observation and my opinion. Chill.