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Obama 'Very Doubtful' Sasha And Malia Will Seek Public Office

03/06/2015 02:05 pm ET | Updated Mar 08, 2015

Though they will have spent their adolescence in the White House, President Barack Obama said Friday that he's "very doubtful" his daughters, Sasha and Malia, will run for office one day.

"I think that everybody’s got a way to give back. I am very doubtful that they will want to run for public office, you know, partly because they've been listening to their mother," Obama said during a radio interview with "The Tom Joyner Morning Show."

“But I want them to be engaged and involved. And so if they want to do it through business, then I want them to have a business that is providing employment and opportunity for people who might not otherwise get it," the president added. "If they want to do it through the arts, then I want their art to be informed by the great social issues of the day so that they’re illuminating that for other people and telling stories that need to be told.”

Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, will be attending the 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, this weekend, along with the president and first lady.

Obama said he wants his daughters to understand "this is an unfinished project.”

“I say to my daughters the same thing I say to the young people who work for me, and that is, it is a glorious task that we are given to continually try to improve this great country of ours," Obama said. "And we shouldn’t shy away from that work and we shouldn’t be complacent about it.”

Listen to Obama's comments above.

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