As his reelection campaign ramps up, President Barack Obama says his family is “not invested” in a second term in the White House. “Michelle and the kids are wonderful in that if I said, `You know, guys, I want to do something different,’ they’d be fine,” Obama said in an interview with NBC News that aired Tuesday morning on “Today.” “They’re not invested in daddy being president or my husband being president.”
“If family is doing well and Michelle is still putting up with me, then I’ve got enough energy to keep doing the work that I’m doing,” he said.
But Obama says there are some days “where I say that one term is enough,” but added that he’s motivated to win a second term because of “a belief that the work that we started in 2009 is not yet complete.”
And, if the first lady thought it was time for him to go, he’d listen.
“I think Michelle – if she didn’t think that what we were doing was worthwhile in moving the country forward, I think she’d be the first to say, ‘Why don’t you do something else that’s a little less stressful?'”
The president also spoke briefly about his daughters Sasha and Malia. “The girls seem to be thriving,” he said. “They continue to surprise me with how poised, well-mannered, kind they are turning out even in the hothouse environment of the White House.”