Barack Obama has disclosed that his daughter Malia Obama’s British boyfriend, Rory Farquharson quarantined with their family in the early days of the pandemic.
In comments made on The Bill Simmons Podcast on Thursday, Dec 17, Barack Obama noted that Farquharson was part of the family’s early quarantining.
Barack Obama said: “There was this whole visa thing, he had a job set up, and so we took him in.
“And I didn’t want to like him, but he’s a good kid.”
The former US president had some interesting stories about quarantining together, including teaching card games to Farquharson and his daughters, Malia and Sasha.
When asked about a fun quarantine moment, Barack Obama said: “Maybe teaching Malia and Sasha, and Malia’s boyfriend who was with us for a while, spades and then having some spades games. And teaching them how to properly trash talk and slam the cards down.”
But he also learned that the dietary ways of Malia’s boyfriend were much different from what he had become accustomed to dealing with on a regular basis.
“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.”
Overall, Obama appeared to look at the quarantine through a positive lens, noting the unexpected time he was able to spend with his daughters.
Obama said: “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 wanna spend time with you again.
“I think a lot of families we went through that first month where we were playing games every night, doing arts and crafts projects and then, slowly, they started to get a little bored with us.”
According to the New York Post, Malia Obama and Farquharson met while attending Harvard back in 2017, when Malia was a freshman at the school.
They attended a tailgate party together for the infamous Harvard-Yale rivalry game that fall. They also spent the Christmas holidays together in London in 2019.
22-year-old Farquharson is the son of an accountant and a chief executive of an investment firm.