jennmarie77 asked: Negativity is always big around elections-I hate it myself and find it hard to deal with. How do you deal with the negativity? Do you shield your daughters from it? If not, how do you address it with them?
Hi JennMarie77! Thanks for the question. To be honest, I do my best not to pay attention to the back and forth. For me, and for Barack, that's not what this is about.
What we both do is talk to real people about their hopes, dreams, struggles and worries. We talk to them about the issues that are affecting their lives - the quality of their kids' schools, whether they have health care, how they'll be able to pay their bills.
To us, that's what this election is about - that's what's at stake - and that's what we focus on every day.
As for our girls - they're normal kids and aren't really paying much attention to any of this. We try to have dinner every day at 6:30 as a family - me, Barack and the girls - and we mostly talk about what's going on in their lives. Usually asking about dad's day is an afterthought for them!
If the negativity is driving you crazy, my friendly advice would be to turn off the TV, and go out there and volunteer. Knock on doors, make phone calls, and ensure your friends, family and neighbors are all going to vote on November 6.