Opinion: Was the Obama family interview with Access Hollywood a mistake?


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Just a day after the week’s first installment aired, Obama seems to think so. MSNBC reports that the candidate all but called the sit-down with his wife and two daughters, Malia and Sasha, a lapse in judgment:

Barack Obama said it was a mistake to allow his daughters to be interviewed extensively by ‘Access Hollywood,’ and he will not allow it to happen again.’I think that we got carried away in the moment,’ the Illinois senator and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee told TODAY’s Matt Lauer Wednesday. ‘We were having a birthday party, and everybody was laughing. And suddenly this thing cropped up. I didn’t catch it quickly enough. I was surprised by the attention it received.’


Which is odd, because most of the reaction has been pretty positive, particularly about his daughters. Some of the revelations:

  • Obama on his choice of mint chewing gum, never bubble: ‘I’m pretty conservative when it comes to my gum.’
  • Sasha on her dad’s oratorical skills: ‘Blah blah blah blah blah.’
  • Malia on her parents’ love life: ‘It also makes me feel good when [my parents], you know. Kids like it when their parents, you know, are all ... except sometimes when you get to be teenager-like. Sometimes people think it’s embarrassing. I like it, though.’

Now there’s a supportive daughter. Two parts left to the weeklong interview series, and you can view them all, eventually, at Access Hollywood. While you’re waiting for episodes three and four:

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-- Amina Khan

*Photo: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press