It was only just before the election that Barack Obama first heard "Gangnam Style."

At the time, he noted tentatively: "I think I can do that move. But I'm not sure that the inauguration ball is the appropriate time to break that out."

Two months later, he's still reluctant to do the dance in public -- but he's apparently more than willing to do it at home.

"They're cooler than I am," the president says of his daughters in a new interview with People magazine. "There are things I like that they think are cheesy, like 'Gangnam Style.'" He adds that he "absolutely" does the now-internationally-famous "gallop" to embarrass his kids.

Obama has already expressed his appreciation of the mega-viral hit in person, according to an interview with Psy in The Hollywood Reporter. The South Korean singer explained: “He told me he’s good at ‘Gangnam Style’ but that the ladies at his house are embarrassed when he’s dancing so he’s not doing it.”

In the People interview, the president and Mrs. Obama also discussed their family life on a more serious level.

While Mrs. Obama said the girls have plenty of time to decide what they want to do when they grow up -- Malia's "a freshman, so she also knows she has years in college to explore her interest" and Sasha "doesn't even try and lay it out yet" -- the president waxed sentimental about how quickly the time goes.

"There's something about your daughters that just breaks your heart. ... The finite amount of time you have with your children, and the joy they bring on a minute-to-minute, day-by-day basis -- the idea that that's not there all the time is something that can hit me hard sometimes."

Read the full interview in the Dec. 31 issue of People.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • March 2012

    <br>On <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/02/sandra-fluke-obama-rush-limbaugh_n_1316631.html" target="_hplink">his decision to call Sandra Fluke</a> after Rush Limbaugh disparaged her for advocating insurance coverage for birth control. </br> <br>"I thought about Malia and Sasha, and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on. I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way, and I don't want them attacked or called horrible names because they're good citizens." </br> <br>(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)</br>

  • March 2012

    <br>After <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/23/obama-trayvon-martin_n_1375083.html " target="_hplink">the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin</a> by a "neighborhood watch" officer in Florida: </br> <br>"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."</br>

  • January 2012

    <br>When <a href="http://gothamist.com/2012/01/26/video_somalia_rescue_of_aid_worker.php " target="_hplink">an American aid worker was rescued from Somali pirates</a> by Navy SEALs, Obama thought aloud about what the worker's father must have gone through, worrying about her: </br> <br>"I cannot imagine what he went through -- given Malia and Sasha -- and for him to be able to stay strong." </br> <br>(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)</br>

  • December 2011

    <br>On the government's decision to keep the Plan B morning-after pill available only to those 17 or older, rather than allowing it to be openly sold on drugstore shelves: </br> <br>"As the father of two daughters, I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine ... I think most parents would probably feel the same way."</br> <br>(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)</br>

  • May 2010

    <br>On <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/27/nation/la-na-oil-spill-obama-20100528" target="_hplink">his frustration</a> over the Gulf oil spill: </br> <br>"When I woke up this morning and I'm shaving," he said, "Malia knocks on my bathroom door and she peeks in her head and she says, 'Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?'" I think everybody understands that, when we are fouling the Earth like this. It has concrete implications not just for this generation but for future generations."</br> <br>(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)</br>

  • February 2011

    <br>And on an indirectly related note h<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/02/obama-on-faith-praying-for-egypt-gabby-giffordsand-for-patience-as-malia-goes-to-her-first-dance-wit/" target="_hplink">e prayed about his daughter</a> at a National Prayer Breakfast: </br> <br>"Lord, give me patience as I watch Malia go to her first dance, where there will be boys. Lord, let her skirt get longer as she travels to that place." </br> <br>(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)</br>