- Michelle Obama recently described how hard it was to send her daughters to friends’ houses during her husband’s presidency given the extra security precautions that needed to be in place, including special agents and house sweeps.
- “Imagine having Malia and Sasha come to your house for a sleepover,” she said. “This is the call. It’s like: ‘Hello. OK. We’re going to need your Social Security number. We’re going to need your date of birth.'”
- She said it would involve telling other parents: “Oh and by the way, there is going to be a man with a gun sitting outside of your door all night. If you let him use the bathroom, it would just be nice.”
- Malia and Sasha Obama were 9 and 6 when their father was elected in 2008, and they spent eight years living in the White House.
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Michelle Obama has described the burden of the extra security needed to send her high-profile daughters to their friends’ houses during her husband’s presidency, including warning other parents of background checks and house sweeps.
Obama told CBS News’ Gayle King at the Essence Festival on Saturday that she had to warn other families of the extra precautions before the Obamas’ daughters, Malia and Sasha, came over.
“Imagine having Malia and Sasha come to your house for a sleepover,” she said. “This is the call. It’s like: ‘Hello. OK. We’re going to need your Social Security number. We’re going to need your date of birth.’
“There are going to be men coming to sweep your house. If you have guns and drugs, just tell them yes because they are going to find it anyway.
“Don’t lie – they’re not going to take them, they just need to know where they are.”
“And, uh, thank you for having Malia and Sasha over. Oh and by the way, there is going to be a man with a gun sitting outside of your door all night. If you let him use the bathroom, it would just be nice.”
“I’m surprised my kids have any friends, you know?” she joked.
Malia and Sasha were ages 9 and 6 when Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. They spent eight years living in the White House.
Obama said that the security requirements made their lives as teenagers less than typical.
“My kids had armed guards with them at all times,” Obama said. “Imagine trying to have your first kiss” around “a bunch of men” with guns and earpieces.
Obama joked last year that her husband sought a second term so he could keep his daughters under Secret Service protection.
“I’ve always said, as quiet as it’s kept, the second term of the presidency was really fuelled by Barack’s desire to keep them with their agents into their teen years,” she said on the “Tonight Show” in December.
“He was like, ‘We’ve got to win, because I don’t want those girls walking around.’ He wanted men with guns with them. He worked extra hard on those votes. He’s like, ‘Come on voters!'”
Obama also told King that her daughters cried when moving out of the White House on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration as Obama’s successor in 2017.
“The truth is,” she said, “on that day I was moving my children out of the only house they had really grown up in. I think that gets lost on people.”