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Barack Obama: “I Think I’m A Pretty Cool Dad”

Barack Obama may be the new president, but when it comes to parent-teacher meetings, ballet recitals and reading Harry Potter with his girls, he says he’s just like the rest of us.

The new issue of Us Weekly details the special bond between Obama and his daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, and how the President-elect acts like a modern dad too: sharing parenting duties, attending school conferences and scheduling the occasional date night with his wife and “best friend”, Michelle.

During the campaign, Michelle proudly said that Barack is a dedicated family man,

“He’s an incredible husband and father. Not sure if the world knows yet, but they should!”

A former colleague of Michelle’s, Paul Schmitz, added: “The Obamas are true to their word when they say they’re going to balance work and family.”

Earlier this week, Michelle began visiting potential schools for the girls. And even though they’ll have a personal chef, movie theater, and other perks in the White House, they’ll still be focusing on, “homework, chores, dance and soccer,” Michelle said before the election,

“We have to put [the children's] education…first,” Michelle has said. Barack agreed and added “I think I’m a pretty cool dad.”

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Angelina Jolie: “The Center Of My Life Is My Kids”

Angelina Jolie recently sat down with LA Times to talk about her critically acclaimed performance in her new film Changeling. The 33-year-old actress also opened up about her high-profile family and her career choices now that she is a mother.

On her recent return from a mission in Afghanistan where she met with poverty-stricken families as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N.: “I woke up at 3 in the morning with four kids with jet lag and two babies. I put myself together for a few hours and go out. And then I go home. This is my job.” While trying not to sound ungrateful about Hollywood, she added, “I don’t dislike it here, I just really do love to travel. I love other cultures. And I love raising my kids in the world. I’m so fortunate that I get to do that.” She went on to say that her family life is what is most important to her: “The center of my life is my kids.”

On her recent role as a mother who loses her son in Changeling: “Christine fought so hard under such incredible circumstance for the rights of other women. It was a real story that I thought sent a positive message about what you can accomplish. About democracy in action.”

On the fact that Changeling is her fourth-consecutive mom-centric film: “I don’t think it’s a choice of mine as much as it is something women deal with when we get older. A woman in her 30s is more likely to have roles that in some way relate to family.” She added “I got pregnant right in the middle of it and I think partially because of it,” she said, smiling. “I was so emotional about children that I think something in me kicked into gear.”

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Yannick Noah & Son Go For A Scoot

Yannick Noah and his son Joalukas Noah were seen scooting throught the Meatpacking District on Tuesday.

Yannick is a pop-soul singer and former professional tennis player from France. Joalukas’ mom is Yannick’s wife, French producer Isabelle Camus.

Photo: Splash

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The Stefani-Rossdales Vacation

The Stefani-Rossdales Vacation

The Stefani-Rossdales are on vacation in Mexico! Gwen Stefani and husband Gavin Rossdale have been relaxing and hitting the beach with sons Kingston, 2, and Zuma, 11 weeks. Gwen and the boys left early and Gavin said that he “felt guilty” he was away from them, but the rocker soon joined his family in Mexico.

Photos: Flynet

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Liev, Naomi & Sasha Go For A Walk

Liev, Naomi & Sasha Go For A Walk

Naomi Watts and fiance Liev Schreiber, expecting their second child this winter, went for a walk in chilly New York City yesterday with son Sasha, 15 months. This time around, Liev traded a carrier for the stroller. Earlier in the day, Naomi ran some errands in the East Village – I wonder if she’s further along than originally thought?

Photos: Ahmad Elatab/SaleemElatab/Splash; Flynet

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Christina Aguilera: ‘Max Is My Inspiration’

Christina Aguilera: 'Max Is My Inspiration'

Christina Aguilera credits her 10-month-old son Max for inspiring the title song on her new album, Keeps Gettin’ Better – A Decade of Hits.

Max gave her “a new sense of life, a new way of looking at myself,” the singer tells Entertainment Tonight Canada. “I talk about being a super girl in the song ‘Keeps Getting Better’ and really that’s due in great deal to the fact that I’ve had a complete new appreciation for women in general, for what we’re capable of doing, of what our bodies are capable of undergoing, and creating.”

Christina says that she invokes a Wonder Woman mentality when trying to balance everything in her life,

“Absolutely, that’s part of it – that’s super girl. The do-it-all female, it’s just I have a great appreciation for my mother … it’s amazing the patience involved.

She also feels it’s important that she continue to do what she loves doing, for Max’s sake,

“It’s very important to me as a mother to not lose sight of who I was before becoming a mother. I want to share with my son, what I’m passionate about, what I was about before he was born.”

Photo: DANIELLE/Bauergriffinonline.com

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