They may have been recognized as two of Time magazine’s most influential teens but Michelle Obama doesn’t view her daughters as authoritative figures in society. The First Lady told Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on Monday that Sasha and Malia are considered dominant teens simply because they live in the White House.


“I don’t know why [they’re on the list],” said Michelle. “They’re not influential, they just live here. They have done nothing to gain any influence.” The First Lady went on to explain that Sasha and Malia probably haven’t even gotten wind of their status as two of Time’s most powerful teens. “Don’t mention it,” joked Michelle.

The First Lady also discussed her and President Obama’s house rules, which are becoming more relaxed for their oldest daughter, Malia. “We’ve always had rules … no screen time during the week, no phones. Now that Malia is older she is pretty much independent because I want her to be prepared for college when I’m not there,” said Michelle.

Malia will celebrate her seventeenth birthday in July. The teen will enter her Senior year of high school in the fall. Sasha will turn 14-years-old in June.

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