Former Barack Obama surprised many this week when he revealed that his oldest daughter Malia’s boyfriend quarantined with his family amidst the coronavirus pandemic this year.
While appearing on “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” Obama was asked by host Bill Simmons about his most fun moment as a dad during quarantine. That’s when he dropped the bomb about Malia’s boyfriend.
“Maybe teaching Malia and Sasha, and Malia’s boyfriend who was with us for a while, spades and then having some spades games. And teaching them how to properly trash talk and slam the cards down,” he said.
Obama added that he has enjoyed having the 22 year-old Malia and 19 year-old Sasha home for months during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s a blessing because all the teenage stuff is kind of gone now,” he said. “They’re just back and they love you again and they wanna spend time with you again. I think a lot of families we went through that first month where we were playing games every night, doing arts and crafts projects and then, slowly, they started to get a little bored with us.”
Malia has been dating Rory Farquharson, who is British, for the past few years. Obama explained that he bonded with Farquharson during his time in quarantine with him.
“He’s British, wonderful young man. And he was sort of stuck because there was a whole visa thing and he had a job set up, so we took him in,” Obama said. “And I didn’t want to like him but he’s a good kid.”
The one thing that came as a surprise to Obama, however, was just how much a college-aged young man like Faruquharson eats.
“The only thing you discover, this is not a surprise to you Bill because you’ve got a son, young men eat,” he said. “It’s weird to watch them consume food. And my grocery bill went up about 30 percent.”
This comes after Michelle Obama revealed in September that her family had gotten sick of each other after months of quarantine.
“Quarantine started out so lovely,” Michelle said. “There was the first phase when we were all together, and we’d go apart, and then we’d come together. Then right around June, all that magic started wearing off.”