It must suck for the Obama kids to have to read about their parents living to excess in the media every day.
President Obama said that extended family members who are struggling to get by help keep his girls grounded, even while living in the nation’s most famous mansion.
“We are constantly reminding Malia and Sasha of the slightly unreal environment that they’re in, and that that’s not the norm and they shouldn’t expect to be the norm,” Obama said in an interview with Amazon Kindle Singles conducted abroad Air Force One on Tuesday as he traveled to the retailer’s warehouse in Tennessee.
The president said he’s worried that his children are bombarded by media depictions of celebrity and wealth, and worried that the American dream of stability and homeownership has been replaced with unrealistic expectations.
But he said that for his daughters, “one of the advantages we have” is family members “who are poor” and can illustrate the how those not enjoying the perks of the executive mansion live.
“Malia and Sasha have cousins who know what it’s like to struggle and know what it’s like to have to scrape by,” he said. “They know that those kids are just as worthy as they are, they just haven’t had as much luck.”