President Obama Talks Facebook and TV Habits

PEOPLE’s 2011 Year-End Issue

updated 12/14/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET

originally published 12/14/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET

Facebook might have been one of the biggest stories of 2011, but don’t count on friending the First Daughters anytime soon.

In their only print interview of the holiday season, President Obama and the First Lady tell PEOPLE they don’t allow daughters Sasha and Malia on Facebook. Not that it’s been a hard decision to enforce, says the President.

Their theory is, “Why would we want to have a whole bunch of people who we don’t know knowing our business? That doesn’t make much sense.” But when the First Lady points out that Malia is only 13 and Sasha 10 right now, the President laughs and adds, “We’ll see how they feel in four years.”

The Obamas, who let the family dog Bo sit in on the Dec. 5 interview (only after removing his distracting jingle-bell collar), also revealed that must-see TV in the White House divides along gender lines.


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