The Only Way This Obama Tattoo Ploy Can End

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April 24 2013 12:33 PM

The Only Way This Obama Tattoo Ploy Can End

This morning on the Today show, President Obama explained a strategy he and the First Lady have to prevent their daughters from getting tattoos. “What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decided you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo. And our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that’s a good way to rebel.”

There is only one way this can end.

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Original photo by Saul Loeb. Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo.

Natalie Matthews-Ramo is a Slate Web and interactive designer.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

Rachael Larimore is Slate's managing editor.

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