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President Obama will totally get a tattoo if his daughters do

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President Obama talks teens & tats

President Barack Obama might be the most powerful man in America, but at home he's just Sasha and Malia Obama's totally embarrassing dad.

President Obama talks teens & tats

First daughters Sasha and Malia Obama are entering their teen years — Sasha is almost 12 and Malia is almost 15 — and they're undoubtedly starting to explore their rebellious sides.

And their dad, President Barack Obama, isn't about to sit back and let them go crazy under his watch. The president told NBC's Savannah Guthrie that he and wife Michelle Obama plan to use some good, old-fashioned parental embarrassment to keep them in line.

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"Michelle and I have used this strategy when it comes to things like tattoos," he said in the interview, airing this week. "What we've said to the girls is, if you guys ever decide you're going to get a tattoo, then Mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo, in the same place, and we'll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo."

And this is what Sasha and Malia are thinking: "Daaaad! You're ruining our lives!"

At least that's what we thought our dads were doing at that age.

But, we can't fault the president for wanting to keep his girls little for a bit longer. Their aging has been particularly hard on him, according to Michelle.

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"Fathers in particular, I don't think they really know they're going to feel until it happens," the first lady told ABC's Robin Roberts of the girls' first dances and dates. "There's nothing like the look on his face when Malia dresses up for a party and she's heading out and she walks past him and you can see his face sort of just drop a little bit, like, 'What was that?' He's a little gray. People think the gray is from his job; it's from his children, so we'll see how that goes."

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