Barack Obama demonstrated the fine art of parental jujitsu today, in an interview with the Today show’s Savannah Guthrie. Asked whether his daughters think he’s uncool, Obama noted,
Michelle and I have used this strategy when it comes to things like tattoos. What we’ve said to the girls is, if you guys ever decide you’re going to get a tattoo, then Mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo, in the same place, and we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo.
The parental shame slingshot. Works every time.