What would be President Obama’s response if Sasha or Malia approached him about a career in the armed forces? “Go for it!” The commander-in-chief recently told attendees at a town hall meeting in Virginia that he would support his daughters if they decided to join the military.


“If Malia and Sasha decided that that was an avenue that they wanted to take, I would be proud of them,” the president shared. “I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t sometimes get nervous about possible deployments,” Obama admitted. “Your kids are your kids. And you want to keep them tucked in, in their pajamas for the rest of their lives, if you had a chance. But I’d be proud to have them serve, and I think every parent who’s seen their children enter the military are proud.”

The president went on to tell attendees that he signed up for Selective Service at the age of 18 just as the action of Vietnam was passing. “There weren’t any active wars. We hadn’t been under attack. And so I took a different course, and I didn’t end up serving in our military,” he explained.

While the verdict is still out on Sasha, it doesn’t appear that Malia will be serving in the armed forces either. The 18-year-old is making plans to begin her freshman year at Harvard University next year. President and First Lady Obama will say goodbye to the White House on January 20, 2017.

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