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President Obama: Political Careers Unlikely for Daughters

By    |   Friday, 06 Mar 2015 02:36 PM

President Barack Obama says he is "very doubtful" that daughters Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, will seek public office.

In an interview with syndicated radio host Tom Joyner that aired Friday, the president attributed his daughters' reluctance to enter the family business to the fact that "they've been listening to their mother."

First lady Michelle Obama has let it be known she has little appetite for electoral politics, and the president has joked that even if he could run again for office, the first lady wouldn’t allow him to, according to Bloomberg.

Even if his daughters decide against entering politics, the president said he wanted to make sure that they were "engaged and involved."

If his daughters wanted a career in business, "then I want them to have a business that is providing employment and opportunity for people who might not otherwise get it," Obama said.

If they want to go through the arts, "then I want their art to be informed by the great social issues of the day so that they’re illuminating that for other people and telling stories that need to be told," he added.

Obama expressed hope that his daughters would raise children of their own who are responsible and socially conscious, Bloomberg reported.

The entire Obama family will be traveling this weekend to Selma, Alabama, for a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

In the Joyner interview, Obama said he hoped the trip to Selma would help his daughters realize that "this is an unfinished project."

The president said he would tell Malia and Sasha that is "it is a glorious task that we are given to continually try to improve this great country of ours," he said. "And we shouldn’t shy away from that work and we shouldn’t be complacent about it. And everybody’s got to find their own way to do it."

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