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Barack Obama Reveals What It Was Like Having Malia's Boyfriend Quarantine With Them + Sasha Helped Prez O Curate His 2020 Playlist

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Barack Obama did what all good dads should do: He taught his daughters how to play Spades during quarantine. Turns out, he also schooled Malia’s boyfriend on how to play the game as well since he was on lockdown with The Obamas. More about their quarantine life, plus deets on Sasha Obama putting her dad on to new music inside….

The Obama household has been pretty LIT during quarantine.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has everyone holed up in the house, former President Barack Obama used the opportunity to teach his daughters a game staple in the black community: Spades! Not only did Prez O teach his daughters, Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19, he also taught Malia’s British boyfriend, Rory Farquharson. He was a quarantined guest at the Obamas during the early days of quarantine.

During an interview on The Bill Simmons Podcast, Obama shared he has been having fun teaching them how to strategically play the game and also how to trash talk!

"It's a blessing because all the teenage stuff is kind of gone now. They're just back, and they love you again, and they want to spend time with you, and they're funny," the 59-year-old politician said about quarantine life with his daughters and wife, Michelle Obama.

”Maybe teaching Malia and Sasha, and Malia’s boyfriend who was with us for a while, spades and then having some spades games," Obama said. "And teaching them how to properly trash talk and slam the cards down.”


Obama admitted he didn’t want to like Malia’s boyfriend, but after getting to know him he found out he’s a “good kid.” So how did Malia's boyfriend end up in quarantine with the Obamas? Apparently, Rory got "stuck" in the States when the pandemic hit, so the Obamas let him stay.

“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, and so we took him in,' Obama said on the podcast. “And I didn’t want to like him, but he’s a good kid.”

His father is also a reported multi-millionaire financial exec in the UK so, he likely would have been A-OK even if he didn't quarantine with the Obamas.

Obama revealed Malia’s boyfriend ate A LOT and made his grocery bill go up about 30%. Lordt!

”The only thing you discover… [is] young men eat,” Obama said. “It’s weird to watch them consume food. And my grocery bill went up about 30 percent.”


Malia and Rory started dating while attending Harvard back in 2017 and are still going strong.

You can listen to the full Obama episode here.

A few months before, FLOTUS revealed Obama had been teaching the girls Spades and talked about how intense their competitions were getting. Below are a few Twitter reactions:


Over the last few weeks, Sasha Obama has been going viral for TikTok videos she made with her college friends.

Of course she knows what’s poppin…she’s living her best life in college. So, we weren’t surprised to learn his “music guru” Sasha helped him curate his annual list of favorite songs from the past year.

For his 2020 lineup, he included Megan Thee Stallion, H.E.R., Lil Baby, J. Cole and more.

The full list is a mix of Hip Hop, R&B, and rock.

You can listen to Obama’s Favorite Music of 2020 below:

Photos: Getty

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