Dating at the White House

Feb 14, 2013 6:50pm

First Lady Michelle Obama warned her husband to be prepared–it would come sooner than he thought, she told him.

She didn’t need a classified intel briefing to warn her that their pre-teen girls could be dating soon.

When President Obama was asked last fall about the potential of his older daughter, Malia, having boyfriends, he told Entertainment Tonight, ”She may not be able to date until she’s 30 or 35.”

But Mrs. Obama knew better.

“No honey, it will be sooner than that, so brace yourself,” she countered.

So has the time finally come? Did the president, while talking about early childhood education,  hint at a rally in Decatur, Ga., today that one of his girls is dating?

“I do have to warn the parents who are here, who still have young kids, they grow up to be, like five feet 10 inches.  And even if they’re still nice to you, they basically don’t have a lot of time for you during the weekends,” Mr. Obama said. “They have sleepovers and dates.  So all that early investment just leaves them to go away.”

Even the commander-in-chief, with access to classified briefings and drones, is left powerless to prevent young love. And dating while living at the White House can have its perks.

Jenna Bush dated and later wed Henry Hager, an MBA student and aide to political operative Karl Rove.  The two are now expecting their first child in the spring.

She once described dad George W. Bush as ”not the shotgun-dad type.  He’s the joking-around-to-the- point-where-he scares-the-heck-out-of-them type.”

But dating at the White House isn’t always easy. According to urban lore Susan Ford once reportedly sneaked out of the White House, driving off in her Mustang. The Secret Service apparently was unable to find her for an hour. But in later years, she was able to get the White House to host her high school senior prom and that meant the Secret Service had to clear every one of her classmates and their dates.

So what happens when the Obama girls go on a date or to prom?

“That’s classified information,” Mrs. Obama joked back in August on ET. “We can’t divulge those secrets.”

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