Right now, President Barack Obama doesn’t have to worry too much about his daughters, Malia and Sasha, rebelling by running off and getting tattoos. After all, the girls are only 14 and 11, respectively. But on Wednesday, Obama announced his plan to deal with the possibility of his daughters getting tattoos later in life, and it's brilliant.
In an interview with NBC’s “Today” on Wednesday, Obama stated that he has a plan to deal with the possibility of his daughters rebelling by getting the tattoos. It’s simple: If Malia or Sasha ever want a tattoo, Obama and his wife, Michelle, simply plan to get the same tattoo in the same location and show it off, thereby robbing the tattoo of any possible cool points.
“What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decided you're going to get a tattoo, then Mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we'll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo,’” Obama said. “And our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that's a good way to rebel.”
It’s a pretty ingenious plan, all things considered. After all, one of the big allures of tattoos is the rebellious image they provide, and it’s hard to be a rebel when you’re still having routine daddy-daughter bonding.
Even if Obama’s tattoo plan backfires and the first family does end up getting matching tattoos, it would be interesting to see a president with some ink. It begs the question: What exactly would Obama get as a tattoo? Hopefully not something like a butterfly.
In the same interview, Obama also discussed the challenges of raising a family while leading a country. He stated that oftentimes the burden falls on Michelle, who may feel like a single mother when the job gets stressful and her husband is away.
"There's no doubt that there've been times where Michelle probably felt like a single mom,” the president said. “She was still working and having to look after the girls. And she definitely, I think, understands the burdens that women in particular tend to feel if they're both responsible for child rearing and they're responsible for working at the same time. And that's kept a lot of women not only single, but also married around the country.”
Watch Obama discuss his tattoo plan below:
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.