One and done.
It’s been the chant of President Obama’s political opponents since the minute he took office. And it seems that in the toughest moments, the First Family may have uttered the phrase themselves.
During his interview with Ann Curry, President Obama spoke openly about his family’s feelings about spending four more years 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. 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,”
The President said his wife’s opinion held heavy weight in his mind saying:
“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?’”
But the President says that though there are days when “one term is enough” but that he has “a belief that the work that we started in 2009 is not yet complete.”
While the White House is definitely one of the most public and scrutinizing places to live, the President says that seeing his daughters grow up has been a highlight of his career.
“The girls seem to be thriving. They continue to surprise me with how poised, well-mannered, kind they are turning out, even in the hothouse environment of the White House.’’
You can see an excerpt from President’s interview with Ann Curry in the clip below: