President Barack Obama believes his time as commander-in-chief has allowed his family to become closer and spend more time with one another according to a new piece he wrote for More magazine.
“People often ask me whether being President has made it more difficult to spend time with Michelle and our girls. But the surprising truth is that being in the White House has made our family life more ‘normal’ than it’s ever been,” Obama wrote in the column.
He also shows off a softer side, writing about his love and gratefulness for his wife and two daughters, of which he fears will be going away to college soon.
“It just so happens that I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by women. They’re the most important people in my life. They’re the people who’ve shaped me the most. And in this job, they are my sanctuary,” the President writes about his family.
However, Obama is afraid of experiencing “what all Dads dread: watching my daughter go to her first prom. In high heels.” He also writes about elder daughter Malia’s future, specifically her leaving the household to pursue her college career.
“I can feel myself lingering at the table a little longer, trying to stave off the passage of time. But for as long as possible, I’m going to enjoy every minute of finally having us all together under one roof,” Obama wrote.
First Lady Michelle Obama is also a guest-editor on the piece, which will be available in full on June 23.