In our eyes, Barack Obama can do no wrong. He was not only a brilliant president, but he is a sensational husband and incredible father. Overall, Obama is one stand up guy. There is, however, one moment that former POTUS was actually useless.
On the premiere episode of Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Barack Obama, the father of two unveiled what happened the day he dropped his 19-year-old daughter, Malia, off at Harvard University last year.
“It was like open-heart surgery, man,” the politician said. “One of the best descriptions I ever heard of children is it’s like having your heart outside your body. They’re not that smart, and they’re kind of wandering around, crossing streets, getting on airplanes. You’re like, ‘Come!’ You want to put ’em back in.”
According Barack, all the family members handled the change differently. “Michelle, she had like cleaning glove, you know? One of those yellow ones. She’s scouring the bathroom and has all these plans about how everything should be. And Sasha, it was really touching, because Sasha tries to be cool, so she didn’t want to admit that she’s going to miss her sister. But she’s neater than her sister, so she was helping to make the bed and fold clothes.”
And then, Obama said it: “I was basically useless”
He explained, “Everybody had seen me crying and misting up for the previous three weeks. So, Malia, who is very thoughtful, she says, ‘Hey, Dad, you know, I’ve got this lamp in this box. Can you put this desk lamp together?’ I said, ‘Sure.’ So, I grab it. It should have taken three minutes or five minutes. It had one of those little wrenches—the little tool. It only had like four parts or something. I’m sitting there and I’m just toiling away at this thing, and it’s taken half an hour. Meanwhile, Michelle has finished scrubbing and she’s organizing closets and all this, and I was just pretty pathetic. I held it together in front of Malia, and then when we drove away, Secret Service is in the front, and they’re just looking ahead. They’re pretending they can’t hear me in the back sniveling. But the ritual of it was powerful.”
So we guess Barack isn’t a superhuman after all.