By Oliver Knox
President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Tuesday that daughters Malia and Sasha can use their cell phones only on weekends, are banned from Facebook, can't watch TV and are only allowed on the computer during the week when they have to do their homework. He also said he was "too long-winded" to use Twitter and that he likes to "tape" things on "this—what's it called, DVR."
It's almost enough for a national newsweekly to dub him "America's First Amish President."
Obama's wide-ranging interview with ABC's "The View," recorded in New York on Monday, included a pop culture quiz and a predictable election prediction ("I'm gonna win"). The president cautiously gave himself an "incomplete" rather than a letter grade on the still-sour economy, and publicly forgave Vice President Joe Biden for forcing his hand on same-sex marriage last week.
And he revealed that First Lady Michelle Obama is "merciless" in mocking him—to the delight of his staff.Her repertoire includes "big ear jokes ... big nose joke, all my funny little habits," said the president.
"She just is relentless," Obama said. "But it is good for you. Especially in the White House, you know, you've got a bunch of people around who are always laughing at your jokes and thinking you're funny. And Michelle's like 'this guy? Really?'"
"And I will tell you, when she does it in front of my team, they love it. They're crackin' up," he added.
The Obama White House—and his political campaign—have embraced technology to an unprecedented degree. But when it comes to their daughters, the president and first lady have a pretty tough set of rules.
Sasha and Malia are banned from Facebook? Maybe we should call Obama "The First Hasidic President"