Obama explained that it could be a consequence of growing up in Hawaii, where the weather is always sunny and people use to sit on the beach for sport.
The President also revealed that he has regrets, but they don’t have anything to do with politics.
“I deeply regret not having learned a musical instrument,” he told Walters. “And I regret not having focused more on Spanish when I was studying it in school. I would love to be able to speak Spanish fluently and play an instrument.”
Obama also defended himself from claims that he is insensitive and “Spock-like” in his approach to life.
“People who know me know that I am a softie,” he said. “Stuff can choke me up very easily. The challenge for me is that in this job … [is that] people want you to be very demonstrative in your emotions. And if you’re not sort of showing it in a very theatrical way, then somehow it doesn’t translate.”
When asked about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s three marriages, Obama reacted by saying the focus should be on political agendas, not personal issues.
“I’m not big on people’s personal lives — being poked and prodded and that that ends up being the primary issue,” he said20. “We’ve got such big issues to deal with right now and there’s such substantial differences right now between certainly my position and any of the Republican candidates. That’s what we should focus on.”