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Look who's talking about Sasha, Malia. It's Dad, keeping them in the national conversation
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Barack Obama likes to talk about his kids. What parent doesn't?
But Obama isn't just another dad shooting the breeze about his kids' antics. He's the president, and he brings up his daughters to explain his thinking on all sorts of issues.
He's cited Sasha and Malia, now 10 and 13, in discussing everything from the rescue of an American aid worker from Somali pirates to the subject of public access to emergency contraception. His daughters also are prominent in a family photo being used by his re-election campaign.
Invoking his daughters is a way for Obama to bring big issues down to human scale, in a disarming way. It also is a reminder to Americans of the president's photogenic family ' a priceless political asset in an election year.