US President Barack Obama has dreamed up a novel way to dissuade his daughters from getting tattoos, saying that if they did, he and their mum Michelle would get the same inking in exactly the same place, then pose on YouTube to show them off to the world.

Speaking on NBC's Today show, Mr Obama said he hoped his teenage daughters Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11, would think twice about getting tattoos, saying: "Our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that’s a good way to rebel.”

However Slate magazine imagined a different scenario.. mocking up the following picture under the headline: "There's Only One Way This Obama Tattoo Ploy Can End".

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The Daily Show also imagined a scenario in which Obama's promise may backfire on the President.


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Obama warns daughters he'll get any tattoo they get. Anyway, now his lower back says, "I'm a Belieber!"

In the same interview, Obama also defended his wife Michelle after she slipped up, describing herself as a "single mum" on a radio show.

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He told the Today show: "There’s no doubt that there’ve been times where Michelle probably felt like a single mum.

"I know that before we got here, when I was running for the US senate, when I was running for president, there were times when I wouldn't see her for a week, and she was still working and having to look after the girls.

"She definitely, I think, understands the burdens that women in particular tend to feel if they're both responsible for child rearing and they're responsible for working at the same time," he explained.

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  • March 2012

    <br>On <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/02/sandra-fluke-obama-rush-limbaugh_n_1316631.html" target="_hplink">his decision to call Sandra Fluke</a> after Rush Limbaugh disparaged her for advocating insurance coverage for birth control. </br> <br>"I thought about Malia and Sasha, and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on. I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way, and I don't want them attacked or called horrible names because they're good citizens." </br> <br>(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)</br>

  • March 2012

    <br>After <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/23/obama-trayvon-martin_n_1375083.html " target="_hplink">the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin</a> by a "neighborhood watch" officer in Florida: </br> <br>"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."</br>

  • January 2012

    <br>When <a href="http://gothamist.com/2012/01/26/video_somalia_rescue_of_aid_worker.php " target="_hplink">an American aid worker was rescued from Somali pirates</a> by Navy SEALs, Obama thought aloud about what the worker's father must have gone through, worrying about her: </br> <br>"I cannot imagine what he went through -- given Malia and Sasha -- and for him to be able to stay strong." </br> <br>(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)</br>

  • December 2011

    <br>On the government's decision to keep the Plan B morning-after pill available only to those 17 or older, rather than allowing it to be openly sold on drugstore shelves: </br> <br>"As the father of two daughters, I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine ... I think most parents would probably feel the same way."</br> <br>(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)</br>

  • May 2010

    <br>On <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/27/nation/la-na-oil-spill-obama-20100528" target="_hplink">his frustration</a> over the Gulf oil spill: </br> <br>"When I woke up this morning and I'm shaving," he said, "Malia knocks on my bathroom door and she peeks in her head and she says, 'Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?'" I think everybody understands that, when we are fouling the Earth like this. It has concrete implications not just for this generation but for future generations."</br> <br>(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)</br>

  • February 2011

    <br>And on an indirectly related note h<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/02/obama-on-faith-praying-for-egypt-gabby-giffordsand-for-patience-as-malia-goes-to-her-first-dance-wit/" target="_hplink">e prayed about his daughter</a> at a National Prayer Breakfast: </br> <br>"Lord, give me patience as I watch Malia go to her first dance, where there will be boys. Lord, let her skirt get longer as she travels to that place." </br> <br>(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)</br>