Obama girls school dad on technology, outfits

President Obama gets tutored on technology by his kids, he revealed to People magazine.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama sat down with the magazine to discuss the past year in the White House, revealing that daughters Sasha, 12, and Malia, 15, "weigh in on Mom's fashion choices and have tutored Dad in using Instagram and Vine."

"I've got three opinionated, strong, tall women," the president said of his family. "If they get together, they can have fun about my ears, or being too loud or how I dress."

The first family has an annual sit-down with the popular entertainment magazine.

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The first lady also teased her husband about embarrassing their daughters, saying Malia hesitates about introducing her friends because Obama "gets a little formal, asking them about school and interests."

Then she added to the president: "But she said that you actually did quite well."

"I acquitted myself well," Obama said. "I did not embarrass her."

Obama also told the mag he tried to log on to HealthCare.gov and found it "frustrating" when he couldn't, and he had an "awkward" call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after it was revealed the National Security Agency was listening to her phone conversations.

"Because technology is changing so fast and the information is out there, we have to make sure that just because we can do something, doesn't mean we do do something," he said.

The administration has been putting its female figures forward to promote the Affordable Care Act to women.

"Women are often the healthcare decision makers for their families and are a key demographic for the ongoing effort to ensure consumers know about the new health benefits available to them under the ACA," a White House official said.

The first lady, in addition to the People interview, appeared on the cover of Ladies Home Journal. Meanwhile, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, domestic policy director Cecilia Muñoz and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have all provided interviews for women’s magazines, including Cosmo Latina, Marie Claire, Glamour and Ebony.

The full interview with the Obamas will appear in People on Friday.

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