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TODAY   |  April 24, 2013

Obama to daughters: If you get a tattoo, so will I

President Obama talks to Savannah Guthrie about White House life, his relationship with his wife, Michelle, and his threats to daughters Sasha and Malia, should they ever decided they want a tattoo.

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>> obama was also one of the people on "time's" list. we spoke to him shortly before the tragic in boston. and last week we showed you our interview, but we weren't able to show you our brief chat after that interview where we touched on life at the white house , his kids, and his predecessor.

>> you'll be in texas, dedicating or being part of the dedications of the bush library. has your viewpoint changed on him and his legacy as you've now walked these halls and held this job?

>> well, i've always thought that president bush was gracious, he was patriotic. he couldn't have been nicer to my team and my family when we made the transition in. and i always had a good, friendly relationship with him. obviously, we had some deep disagreements in terms of policy, but there's no doubt that anybody who takes on this job has a greater appreciation for the challenges involved. and it is a humbling job, you know you're going to make some mistakes. you know that there are going to be times when you wish you could roll back the clock.

>> have to ask you from the sublime to the ridiculous , mrs. obama slipped a little bit a couple weeks ago and accidentally referred to herself as a single mother . and i wonder, did you get a kick out of that, or were you consulting your freud textbook?

>> you know, as somebody who has stumbled over my lines many times, you know, i tend to cut my wife or anybody some slack when it comes to just slips of the tongue. but there's no doubt that there have been times where michelle probably felt like a single mom . i know that before we got here, when we were still, when i was running for the u.s. senate , when i was running for president, there were times where i wouldn't see her for a week, and she was still working and having to look after the girls. so she definitely, i think, understands the burdens that women in particular tend to feel if they're both responsible for child rearing and they're responsible for working at the same time.

>> what did you think of her mom dancing? do you have dad dancing that can give it a run for its money?

>> you know, she consistently maintains and i don't argue with her that she's a better dancer than me. you know, i think -- now --

>> you're a competitive guy?

>> i am. and in private, you know, i can bust a move and i think i'm pretty good. but she tends to hold out when it comes to praise of my dancing.

>> i heard a rumor of gangnam style around inauguration at the white house . you confirm?

>> i can confirm that. fortunately, we destroyed all the pictures.

>> is there any trend or viral video or music that the girls are into right now that you just don't get?

>> you know, the girls have been pretty good about keeping me posted on what's cool and what's not. and we use the music series here sometimes to invite new artists, just so that i can seem like i'm up to speed on things.

>> if you like it, is it immediately uncool?

>> no. although michelle and i have used this strategy when it comes to things like tattoos. 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 our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that's a good way to rebel.

>> part of our chat with president obama last week after