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He may be the leader of the free world but when it comes to his family, President Obama says he’s third in the chain of command – with his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, ranking No. 1 and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, “constantly wrestling for second place.”

“I rank ahead of the dogs,” Obama jokes.

Opening up about his “amazing” daughters in his cover story for GQ’s 20th Anniversary Men of the Year issue, the president gushes, “They’re smart, they’re funny. They take after their mom, and Michelle’s done a great job with them.”

Of course, at 17 (Malia) and 14 (Sasha), they’ve still got some growing up to do.

“You get these teenage moments – they love you, but what I think really affects you most is they just don’t have time for you,” he explains. “It’s not an active disdain for you. It’s just their calendars start filling up and they’ve got all these friends who are much more interesting.

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