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Obama's tattoo plan for the girls: 'Mommy and me will get the same exact tattoo'

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(Read caption) Obama's tattoo plan for his girls? Prevent it with warnings of certain embarrassment. Here, Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk from the White House with their daughters Sasha Obama (2nd l.) and Malia Obama (r.) on their way to church for Easter services, March 31, in Washington.

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President Obama told NBC's "Today" last week where he and first lady Michelle Obama stand on the topic of tattoos for daughters Sasha and Malia, staying cool and 'with it' as a parent, and Mrs. Obama's remark that she's a single parent. 

In the segment, which was broadcast this morning, Mr. Obama told Savannah Guthrie of "Today" that he and the first lady are relying on pre-emptive measures to prevent any ink-based rebellion as the girls grow up. 

"Michelle and I have used the strategy when it comes to things like tattoos – what we've said to the girls is, 'If you guys ever decide you're going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the same exact tattoo in the same place. And we'll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo," Obama said. "And our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that's a good way to rebel."

While some parents don't get more than a "nothing" from their kids in response to questions about what they did that day, what they're looking at online, or what are the hip things young whippersnappers are doing, Obama said his girls are pretty good at keeping him in the know.


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