During a recent interview with Univision Radio host Enrique Santo, the First Lady of the United States was asked how she would deal with the 19-year-old singer in light of his recent DUI arrest and other alleged offenses. "I would pull him close," said Obama, mom to daughters Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12.
Obama advised Pattie Mallette and Jeremy Bieber to take "action" with their son. "I would be very present in his life right now. And I would be probably with him a good chunk of the time, just there to talk, to figure out what's going on in his head, to figure out who's in his life and who's not, you know?"
"I found that to be the case with my kids," said Obama, 50, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988. "They just want you near, you know? They want that advice from a parent. They want to see you on a daily basis, because the thing is he's still a kid. He's still growing up. So, I would pull him close."
A petition to deport the Canadian singer and revoke his green card has received more than 250,000 signatures since Jan. 23, requiring an official response from the Oval Office. Mrs. Obama was not asked about the petition during her radio interview.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has said an official response will be issued "relatively soon."