President Barack Obama revealed the
'real reason' he wanted a second term as president is because his
daughter Malia, age 14, is about to start dating boys.
of the main incentives of running was continued Secret Service
protection so we can have men with guns around at all times,' the father
of two joked.
The President and First Lady delved into their personal lives - including how they keep 'the fire alive' in their marriage - during a chat with ABC's Barbara Walters, their first sit-down interview since the election.
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Candid: President and Mrs Obama spoke about their personal lives - including their oldest daughter's maturation into a young woman
Armed guard: Malia, 14, walks off Air Force One under the watchful eye of a Secret Service agent. The President said one of the perks of being president is having armed guards watch his teenage daughter
The president said respect is the key to happiness after more than two decades together Michelle.
'You know, we've been married now 20 years and like every marriage you have your ups and you have your downs. But if you've worked through the tough times, the respect and love that you feel deepens,' he said.
Michelle added: 'And there's a lot of laughter.'
The Obamas married in 1992 after they met at the Chicago law firm where they both worked.
The nation has watched Malia and Sasha, age 11, grow up in the White House - and watched Malia turn into a teenager.
Malia was recently given a cell phone and her mother says she has given the 14-year-old a 'long rope.'
Light-hearted: The interview with Walters focused on the Obamas' personal lives in the White House and less on political or policy issues
Her father, though, admits his fears about teenage boys calling his daughter and asking for dates.
lamented that cell phones mean boys no longer have to ring up the house
phone and get past him or his wife before they can talk to Malia.
Obamas said she had not started dating yet, but the President conceded
that the day may soon come when some brave boy tries to take his
'She’s a teenager, she’s going to start at some point being interested in dating boys,' he said.
The couple also addressed Michelle's political ambition - or lack thereof.
Mrs Obama said couldn't run for office because she doesn't have the patience required of a politician.
'And she has bigger difficulty biting her tongue,' Barack Obama added.
In a moment of defensiveness, Mrs Obama scoffed: 'I've done pretty well with that,' she said.
On tour: The First Lady showed Walters around the White House during Christmas. She said 90,000 guests will visit during the holidays