We’ve seemingly found the POTUS’s happy place.
PresidentBarack Obama is setting a great example in the areas of art and body image for his daughters, Malia and Sasha, this week in the White House. Ballerina Misty Copeland and a reporter for TIME magazine met with Obama to discuss issues of societal gender issues for women in modern culture, and Obama highlighted his wife Michelle Obama‘s body as a shining example of health.
“The fact that they’ve got a tall, gorgeous mom who has some curves, and that their father appreciates, I think is helpful,” says Obama of his daughters. “When I was a kid, I didn’t realize … the enormous pressure that young women are placed under in terms of looking a certain way.”
He applauds their appreciation of Beyoncé as a cultural icon to diversify the image of beauty throughout broader cultures.
“You see Beyoncé or you see some of these pop stars and what both white, Latino [and] black children are seeing as representative of beauty is much broader than it was when I was a kid,” said Obama to Copeland. “You just didn’t see that much representation. And that’s healthy and that’s encouraging.”
Thus, the President invited the cast of the Broadway musical Hamilton to perform a concert and lead an educational workshop with Michelle, demonstrating the show’s scholastic impact. But first and foremost, Barack assisted the musical’s creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda in freestyling in the Rose Garden because that’s just what cool dads do; make sh*t go viral.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 15, 2016
View more performance videos and cast photos from the Hamilton cast over on Vulture, and launch the gallery at the top of the page to see official photos from the event.