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January 31st, 2014
06:40 AM ET

How Sasha and Malia couldn't care less about their dad's approval ratings

Waukesha, Wisconsin (CNN) - Approval ratings - and the events that led to the most difficult political year of his presidency - mean very little to President Barack Obama's daughters.

They are more concerned, he said, with their teenage pursuits.

"When we sit down at the dinner table, they have some awareness of what's going on. And we have great conversations although mostly it's about history more than about what's going on right now," Obama told CNN in an exclusive interview airing Friday.

"But it's true. Look, they're teenagers. They're fully absorbed with their lives, what's going on at school."

For more of the lighter moments from our exclusive interview with President Obama, including talk on the Super Bowl and Pope Francis, click here.

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January 31st, 2014
06:21 AM ET

CNN Exclusive: President Obama says he's not recalibrating ambitions

Waukesha, Wisconsin (CNN) - Once, Barack Obama spoke of what he wanted for his presidency in terms of healing a nation divided. "This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal," he said.

Today, Obama is talking about executive orders and executive actions - with a pen or phone - if a divided Congress won't or can't act on an agenda he laid out this week in his State of the Union address.

But in an exclusive interview airing Friday on CNN, the President insists he has not recalibrated his ambitions.

"In no way are my expectations diminished or my ambitions diminished. But what is obviously true is we've got a divided government right now," Obama said.

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