Obama reveals daughter Malia's boyfriend quarantined with the family

Obama reveals daughter Malia’s boyfriend quarantined with the family in the early days of the pandemic and caused his grocery bill to go up ‘about 30%’ as ‘young men eat’

  • Barack Obama revealed the family’s quarantine guest during an episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast that was released on Thursday
  • Obama professed enjoyment for teaching the kids how to play spades
  • He also made note of how much more Rory Farquharson ate than his daughters
  • Farquharson and Malia Obama were first spotted together back in 2017 and spent the holidays together in London in 2019 

The Obamas had a guest during the early days of the pandemic: daughter Malia’s boyfriend, Rory Farquharson.

Like most families across the United States, the Obamas quarantined as the coronavirus pandemic began to rage in mid-March.

In comments made on The Bill Simmons Podcast on Thursday, Barack Obama noted that Farquharson was part of the family’s early quarantining.

‘There was this whole visa thing, he had a job set up, and so we took him in,’ Obama said on the podcast. ‘And I didn’t want to like him, but he’s a good kid.’

Rory Farquharson and Malia Obama spent the early days of the pandemic with the Obamas

It’s not clear when they began dating, but they’ve been spotted together as early as 2017

Rory Farquharson (left) attended Harvard, where Malia Obama also attended for a few years

The former president had some nice anecdotes about quarantining together, including teaching card games to Farquharson and his daughters, Malia and Sasha.

‘Maybe teaching Malia and Sasha, and Malia’s boyfriend who was with us for a while, spades and then having some spades games,’ Obama said when asked about a fun quarantine moment. ‘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 than what he had become accustomed to dealing with on a regular basis.

Obama did note that it was nice to have his daughters (Malia pictured above) home

He also relished in teaching his girls and Farquharson how to play spades and talk trash

‘They’re just back and they love you again and they wanna spend time with you again,’ Obama said about having his family home during the quarantine

‘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.

‘It’s a blessing because all the teenage stuff is kind of gone now,’ Obama said. ‘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. 

Tatler reports the 22-year-old Farquharson is the son of an accountant and a chief executive of an investment firm.

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