Former President Barack Obama joked with James Corden on his The Late Late Show appearance Monday that his daughters still “have PTSD” over Secret Service agents following them around on dates.
He also said that Sasha and Malia’s time in the public eye during his two terms would probably keep them from working in public service.
“First of all, them as teenagers, having Secret Service guys follow them when they were going out on dates, I think probably has shut down their interest in public service,” Obama said. “They still have PTSD from guys talking into their wrist microphones and glasses as they’re trying to go to a music concert.”
Obama also opened up the concern that he and his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, had about the girl’s childhood growing up in the White House. “Are we going to end up with weird kids?” he told Corden.
But, Obama said they are very proud of both Sasha, 19, and Malia, 22.
“They have turned into just exceptional young women. I could not be prouder of them,” he said. “Not just because they’re smart and accomplished, but they’re just kind people. They don’t have an attitude.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Obamas got to spend some quality time with each other. Malia, a senior at Harvard University, and Sasha, a sophomore at the University of Michigan sophomore were both at home with their respective campuses shut down.
“We just went through an extraordinary and very difficult time for everybody during this pandemic,” Obama told Corden. “The blessing was my college-aged girls were home, so I got to spend a lot of time with them.”