Barack Obama has no plans to leave Washington as soon as his second presidential term comes to an end. The US President has revealed he will stay in the city for another couple of years after he leaves office in January so his daughter Sasha can finish high school.
The father-of-two made the revelation during a lunch meeting with five people who had benefitted from the Affordable Care Act health care law he signed nearly six years ago. His comments came during a part of the meeting that was open to news media and were picked up my microphones.
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Barack Obama plans to stay in Washington for a while after his presidency
"We haven't figured that out yet," Barack told the group. "We're going to have to stay a couple of years so Sasha can finish school."
He added: "Transferring someone in the middle of high school. Tough."
Sasha, 14, is currently a student at Sidwell Friends, an exclusive school in Washington that has educated the children of many of the country's top politicians. Meanwhile her older sister Malia, 17, will be moving away to college when her father's presidential run ends, something he has admitted to finding "hard".
Barack and Michelle Obama will stay in the city until their daughter Sasha finishes school
Speaking during his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in February, Barack explained: "Look. As Michelle reminds me, our job is to prepare them not to need us and both of my daughters are wonderful people," Barack explained. "And Malia is more than ready to leave, but I'm not ready for her to leave. I was asked if I would speak at her graduation and I said, 'absolutely not' because I'm gonna be sitting there with dark glasses sobbing."
He continued: "Yeah she's one of my best friends. It's gonna be hard for me not to have her around all the time. But she's ready to go. You can tell. She's just a really smart, capable person. She's ready to make her own way."
After serving two terms as president, Barack has said he doesn't envy the new candidates including Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as there's a "lot of silliness" that occurs during presidential campaigning.
"I don't miss it, because look, running for President is hard. You're under an incredible amount of scrutiny," he said. "There's a lot of silliness that goes on."