Malia and Sasha Obama Praise Mom Michelle Obama in Rare Interview


Malia and Sasha Obama are reflecting on their mom, Michelle Obama's, accomplishments. It's a development that is hardly surprising at this point, given the Obama family's penchant for incredible music.

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One interesting tidbit, according to PEOPLE, is how emotional Malia Obama was during her mother's post-White House blockbuster book tour in support of her memoir Becoming. "This is totally me, unplugged, for the first time in a long time".

She continues: "I made that concession not because he said 'you have to quit your job, ' but it felt like 'I can't do all of this so I have to tone down my aspirations, I have to dial it back'". Ahead, a few of Vogue's favorite moments. Now, today brings their most inward looking project yet, a companion piece to the First Lady's book, Becoming.

"When I got on the plane, I sobbed for 30 minutes".

Clyde Lederman, president of the committee, calls Obama "the most trusted and most well-liked woman in America", viewing her as the ideal choice for the vice presidency. "It was nearly like a slap in the face", she added. But talk of affirmative action inspired her to deliver one of the most powerful mini-speeches in Becoming: "I've been at probably every powerful table there is in the world. The two black people from Harvard!" Malia said to her mum. "If I was going to have a unique voice with this very opinionated man, I had to get myself up and set myself off to a place where I was going to be his equal". Not as the First Lady.

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Malia, who is now a junior at Harvard University, and Sasha, who is a freshman at the University of MI admitted their mother doesn't "face the same scrutiny" since they left the White House in 2017.

Her daughters at first resisted making their beds or doing their laundry, she recalled, "Of course, the girls were like: 'They make your bed.' And I was like, 'I'm the First Lady".

When she tells the story of sitting on the Trump inaugural stage, and thinking about Democratic voters who didn't go to the polls. "I understand people who voted for Trump". Her love for her family, her desire to impact the community, and in particular, to be a positive influence on younger people, especially women, comes across incredibly clearly. She also had the power to move lower-priced clothing from J. Crew, Talbots and Target, which she mixed into her wardrobe alongside her signature Azzedine Alaïa belts and Lanvin sneakers, inspiring women to copy her looks. Consider it a deal!

"This is demonstrated in a way, it's just like, damn, those eight years weren't for nothing".

Sasha adds, "I'm excited for her to be proud of what she's done because I think that that's the most important thing for a human to do, is be proud of themselves".

The interview marks one of the first from the girls. Just as Michelle Obama, plain and simple.