Obama not thrilled when kids watch Kardashians
October 19th, 2011
11:09 AM ET

Obama not thrilled when kids watch Kardashians

The Kardashians seem to be everywhere, but don't expect to spot them often on the White House TVs. First Lady Michelle Obama admits in an interview with iVillage that her husband isn't too pleased when the couple's daughters try to turn on E!'s first family.

As is the case with many parents, the First Lady and President Obama have TV viewing limits for daughters Sasha and Malia - no Web or channel surfing during the week, unless it's related to homework. That rule is let up a little bit on the weekends, when they're allowed to tune in to the tube.

While Mrs. Obama doesn't specify if there are any shows strictly off-limits, she does say that "Barack really thinks some of the Kardashians - when they watch that stuff - he doesn't like that as much."

But, she continues, "I sort of feel like if we're talking about it, and I'm more concerned with how they take it in - what did you learn when you watched that. And if they're learning the right lessons, like, that was crazy, then I'm like, OK."

It doesn't sound like the Obamas have anything to worry about - Mrs. Obama says that Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, are "terrific girls. They're poised and they're kind and they're curious."

Like with any mother, she knowingly jokes, "I am just hoping that I don't mess them up."

Filed under: Kardashians • television

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  2. ObamaSux1

    Brings back too many memories of his mother and father, he hates the whole inter-racial thing, you know him being a racist and all. POS

    October 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. I Mean What

    How this feud will unravel has yet to unfold, but it would be in all our best interests to run out and buy head to toe leopard (or any animal) print outfits that will serves as the new “what to wear to war” garb, replacing those drab army green army fatigues, which are sooo last season, rather, sooo last war or what have you http://bit.ly/o4ZXLE

    October 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. flyboy

    "The Kardashians" is a cheap show that portays the sad state of affairs in American. We are willing to watch a bunch of spoil rotten nobodies ride on their stepfather's fame while flauting their excesses and the use of foul language while the average American struggles to pay their bills. This is not quality entertainment; just glorified W#@@#trash tv just like "Jersey Shores". I am a liberal, a minority and a naturally born us citizen, with a college education. So the Obamas do well to raise their girls away from this trash. So color or political affiliation has nothing to do with it. This program is distastefull and shows the ignorance and lack of culture of many americans rich and poor, black or white.
    I truly hope the Kardashians get to read this post.

    October 21, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Txpharm

      This pro choice fiscally conservative independent agrees with you 100%. DVDs of The Kardashians will someday be excavated and used to date the decline of the US.

      January 17, 2013 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. which

    I agree with ur 153PM coment @pliny !

    October 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. george of the jungle

    such nasty raceist reemarks. Must all be a bunch of republicans. Probably southern evangelicals. Love thy neighbor an all that stuff. Once again you have shown the world how biggoted and stupid you all really are. Glad a father takes n interest in what his children watch .

    October 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Boof

    Finally, something I agree with him on.

    October 20, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jonathan

    First off, why in the world is it important or even in the news?? PEOPLE ARE DYING OF STARVATION, AIDS, AND NOW IM DYING FROM STUPIDITY! There is a much bigger need for publicity in areas a little more important.

    The End

    October 20, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • @Jonathan

      You're an ignorant tool. Moronic trolls like you should be killed for being too stupid to live. This is an entertainment page. Nothing more, nothing less. Get that through your pointy little head numbskull.

      October 20, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. bannister

    Well, this is certainly one issue that I can agree with Obama on!

    October 20, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. ~*~

    @ Evel , yes darling, that's because we (u n me) have no souls. So they're insults roll off of us like melted butter on hot corn..lol. just the way ur comments roll off of me.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. art vandolay

    But Obama is black and likes to play basketball any free time he has. So I bet the Kardashian women luv watching him on TV. Yum. -Art

    October 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ~*~

    i ment evel.. observer..yes..go 4 it, at least try.. he getting like tracie w the same old same old..yawn..

    October 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ~*~

    @Pliny..lmao..yes u will take him down! That's funny. Good luck w that hun

    October 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. @Pliny

    I like the way you go after Observer, the conservative stooge. Keep up the good fight!

    October 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. guest19

    I'm disgusted with adults who watch that show!

    October 19, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  16. markie baye

    Right,if they locked like Carne Wilson or the big girl that just won an Emmy for best actress white people would just laugh .

    October 19, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Remy

    Sorry Kardashians

    October 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Remy

    The Kardashans do the same thing any other rich white girls do. White people hate the two sisters because they are attractive and they love men of color.

    October 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  19. radioactive redhead

    For once I agree with the Obamas. NO ONE SHOULD WATCH THE KARDASHIANS!!!!!

    October 19, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  20. hadenough

    Please let this be the start of the Kardashian backlash. Finally, I can agree with our president on something – he should build his platform around this cause he'd win for sure!!!

    October 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Malifacent

    Omg..you guys are so twisted.

    October 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Diapper stains

    Most of this comments are stupid, ridiculously & retardedly funny!!! Life is a joke so why not be blissfully ignorant & kid. But I do gotta agree... That show does nothing to kids. "like seriously" (closing my eyes while saying that) let me smell my own farts and enjoy them like ery'one else. I'll be dam if I allow my daughter to watch it like zombies

    October 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Pliny

    Traci is a dude.

    October 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      Traci is a dude with infant-sized genitals.

      October 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      Traci is a hermaphrodite.

      Traci needs genitals from both genders because neither gender wants anything to do with Traci.

      October 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      Traci is a coward.

      You can insult traci any way you wish....and the gutless troll doesn't have the stomach (or the brains) to defend itself.

      October 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evel Knievel

      Pliny is an Internet tough guy who picks the lowest hanging fruit (e.g. Traci). It's like picking on that retarded Palin kid.

      October 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  24. 400MD

    To "Hello, its me" and the rest of the Obama Haters and racist blogger, it's a shame you are so lonely and desperate for attention, that you have to make unwarrented, racist statements about this countries First Family, especially to an innocent child. I'm sure for those that know you, despise you! The internet is your haven, and you have nothing positive to contribute in this world.

    October 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • 400MD

      ATTN: CNN.com

      I used '400MD' as a name to make a statement, and apparently anyone can use it as well. I did not make a reply statement to my own original comment, except for this one. PLEASE, ADDRESS THIS ASAP!! Your bloggers are out of control, and you're not monitoring the comments well by email.

      This will be my final comment, from the original 400MD. Thank you.

      October 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  25. LEE

    I don't even know how Tracie gets on these blogs. Tracie is twisted and down right disgusting. I'm so sick of the doo doo stuff. Please CNN, stop this person.

    October 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Evel Knievel

    Obama is the only black guy that hasn't slept with at least one of the sisters.

    October 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      He's slept with your sisters.

      We all have.

      October 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • cowboysblowgoats

      Even the wookie looking wench married a bro.

      October 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ahoot

      Laughed so hard almost peed my pants! Good one. I wonder why Michelle would allow them to watch at all since most black women hate the Kardashians. The Kardashians on the other hand...

      October 19, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evel Knievel

      @Pliny, they're all 5luts so don't feel like you're special.

      October 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      >>>they're all 5luts

      So...they take after your mother.

      October 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • is that so

      @Ahoot- most black women do not hate the Kardashians. Where did you get that from? They are nothing more or less to black women than any other reality star. You either love them or hate them, which is the reaction most women, not just black women, have when it comes to them. It's the same thing with any of the "Real Housewives" or any other show that purports to depict regular people and their so-called everyday lives. Please don't speak for the majority when you clearly are not a part of it.

      October 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evel Knievel

      Oh, my little @Pliny, do you really think you of all people can get to me with that small time troll? I've been here a long time for a reason.

      No, actually they take after your wife and daughters.

      October 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  27. moon627

    The Obama's are a lovely family but they all have very bad posture. They should be eating dinner at a table with straight back chairs.

    October 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seph

      This photo was taken a few months back. They are not having dinner, they are actually watching the world cup soccer tournament. And like most Americans watching a sporting event – they have a variety of snacks.

      October 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Observer

    Obama is a liberal stooge. Typical that he cannot even manage to control what his kids watch on tv. No wonder the nation is going south so fast.

    October 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • ray ray

      Are those feet or flippers attached to Michelle ankles?

      October 19, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      No Obsurder. The nation is going south because idiots like you have no respect for the office of the President.
      We all know that your hatred for the man springs from your hill-billy racism.
      And we know that because racism is all your weak-mind is capable of.
      Critical thinking is way beyond you. In your case, that flaw is genetic.
      That often happens in severe cases of multi-generational incest...like your family tree.

      So Obsurder....do yourself (and America) a favor. Slit your wrists.
      Because you contribute nothing of any value (your wife confirms that it's you contribute nothing in the bedroom either).

      October 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • sallyb

      Well said – if he can't control what his kids watch on TV, after saying he doesn't approve, he surely can't manage the country and that's evident.

      October 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre, Milwauke, WI

      Rather a liberal stooge than a conservative, christy practicing tea bagger...

      November 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Michelle


    And which back woods, back water, backward thinking racist demographic do you represent? Oh, nevermind – I answered my own question.

    October 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • murpis

      Tracie never said anything about her race. She just said she looked like a porker. (meaning: heavy-set or overweight.) Isn't it ironic that Michelle promotes healthy eating but her daughter appears to be overweight? Michelle- obesity is not a race. Maybe you should go back to school.

      October 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lulu


        Perhaps you should lean to read, when Traci refers the ole blackies that a racist remark and uancalled for as well
        as commenting on a child.
        Such a hateful bunch of idiots!!!!

        October 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
        • murpis

          Oh Lulu! I cannot read what I cannot see. I didn't see that post. Had I seen it, I wouldn't have commented. I do not need to learn how to read. I already know. I will be the bigger person and not comment on your grammer skills.

          October 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Michelle


        I was responding to Tracie's earlier post where she referred to the first family as "darkies". That is most certainly a racist comment that had nothing to do with obesity. Rest assured – I know the difference. You needn't concern yourself with my level of education when your own is so obviously lacking.

        October 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
        • murpis

          My bad Michelle. I honestly didn't see that particular post. All I saw was the porker one. I'm not too proud to acknowledge my mistakes. My apologies to you. Sorry for that.

          October 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Linda Cerase

    If you want to complain, complain about how many caucasian women are killing there babies for publicity. You are a bigot and a loser, get a life. And before you say something stupid like they're all on welfare , I am soldier and have been for 27 years.

    October 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  31. FTBRAGG2504

    Tracie, regardless of your feeling about the Obamas you should at least refrain from immature comments.

    October 19, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  32. Lucy

    You can't blame him. Beautiful women with potty mouths.

    October 19, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  33. AKA

    Those Kardashian women are terrible role models I am sure everyone knows this,well almost everyone.

    October 19, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  34. KajinPL

    Does this mean the government will cancel it?

    October 19, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |

    I agree, with yall. My mom hates it!

    October 19, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |

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