Sasha & Malia Obama Receive Dating Advice From Their Watchful Dad

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Sasha & Malia Obama Receive Dating Advice From Their Watchful Dad
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 15: (L-R) US President Barack Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama attend TNT Christmas in Washington 2013 at the National Building Museum on December 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. 24313_004_0297.JPG (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27: U.S. President Barack Obama's daughters Malia Obama (R), 15, and Sasha Obama, 12, participate in the pardoning of the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey, 'Popcorn' on the North Portico of the White House November 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. A 38-pound, full-grown Broad Breasted White domesticated turkey, 'Popcorn' and its alternate 'Caramel' will be sent to live at Mount Vernon, the estate and home of George Washington. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey with daughters Sasha and Malia.
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with their daughters Sasha and Malia to attend an Easter service at St. John's Church March 31, 2013 in Washington, DC.
White House, Washington DC, USA. 4th September 2012. US President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha watch television in the Treaty Room of the White House as First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention September 4, 2012 in Washington, DC
US President Barack Obama hugs his daughters Malia and Sasha before giving his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, NC.
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama's daughters Malia Obama (L), 15 and Sasha Obama, 12, help pack and distribute bags of food to needy children and seniors at the Capital Area Food Bank November 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, the first family was joined by family and friends and members of The Mission Continues, 'an organization of post-9/11 veterans who are awarded community service fellowships.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 17: US President Barack Obama with his daughter Malia in their seats during a college basketball game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Maryland Terrapins on November 17, 2013 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (2nd R) from the White House, across Lafayette Park to Saint John's Episcopal Church for Sunday services on October 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST TISBURY , MA - AUGUST 16: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) his daughter Malia Obama ride a bike during a vacation on Martha's Vineyard August 16, 2013in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. Obama and his family are on a weeklong vacation. (Photo by Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama 's daughters Sasha (R) and Malia visit the Berlin Wall memorial at Bernauer street on June 19, 2013 in Berlin. Obama's pay a two-day visit to Germany. AFP PHOTO / RONNY HARTMANN (Photo credit should read RONNY HARTMANN/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama is greeted by daughter Malia as he arrives for the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama hugs his daughter Malia as his wife Michelle and daughter Sasha watch after being sworn in as president at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 21, 2013. (Mark Gail/MCT via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama says he's not worried about his daughters starting to date. After all, he's got some help keeping an eye on them.

Malia, age 15, and Sasha, age 12, are "very sensible," Obama told comedian and talk show host Steve Harvey in a television interview that aired on Friday.

"And the second thing is, I've got men with guns following them around all the time," Obama quipped, referring to the Secret Service detail that is a constant presence around his family.

"This is the main reason I ran for re-election," he joked in the light-hearted interview taped at the White House. "You know I'm going to have them covered for most of high school." Obama and his family left for a two-week holiday in Hawaii on Friday.

He and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, have worked hard to keep their daughters out of the public eye as much as possible during his presidency.

"They're doing great, but they grow up so fast," Obama said in the interview.

Obama said he worries about "getting in the way of the girls just having a normal life" and said he has taught them to make good decisions about relationships.

"What I've told them before is, as long as that young man is showing you respect, and is kind to you, then I'm not going to be hovering over every second," he said.

"I think it's intimidating enough to be asking out the daughter of the president without me adding to that intimidation factor," he said. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Eric Walsh)
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