Obama expresses regret over his kids on TV

July 9, 2008 12:03:20 PM PDT
Barack Obama says he had second thoughts about granting a TV interview with his daughters and now wants to keep them out of the media spotlight. The Democratic presidential candidate and his wife, Michelle, allowed the television entertainment news show "Access Hollywood" to interview their daughters, Malia and Sasha, as Malia celebrated her 10th birthday. Segments of the interview began airing this week.

On Wednesday, Obama said he questioned his decision after seeing how much attention the interview had received. The Obamas had been keeping Malia and 7-year-old Sasha mostly out of the spotlights.

"It was an exception, it was Malia's birthday, we were in Montana, everybody was having a good time," he told "Good Morning America" talk show on ABC. "I think we got carried away a little bit. Generally what makes them so charming is the fact that they're not spending a lot of time worrying about TV cameras or politics and we want to keep it that way."

Asked if he regretted the interview, Obama said: "A little bit of pause, Michelle and I, particularly given the way it sort of went around the cable stations. I don't think it's healthy and it's something that we'll be avoiding in the future."

In the "Access Hollywood" interview, Malia said she sometimes finds her father embarrassing, such as when he shook a friend's hand instead of waving to her or saying hi. Asked what makes their parents angry, Sasha said whining and Malia cited arguing with each other.