Barack Obama's Rare Comments About His 'Badass' Wife And Daughters Are Giving Us All The Feels

Olivia Blair
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Photo credit: Spencer Platt - Getty Images
Photo credit: Spencer Platt - Getty Images

From ELLE

Barack Obama is praising the women in his life, all for their different, distinguishable traits.

Ahead of his hugely-anticipated book release, the 44th President of the United States was asked to explain the most 'badass' traits about the three women in his life: his wife and the former First Lady, Michelle, eldest daughter Malia and youngest child Sasha.

'I think people know Michelle well enough to know how amazing she can be as a public speaker,' Obama told InStyle. 'They probably are less aware of what it’s like to work out with Michelle when she’s really in her groove. And sometimes that includes her boxing. You don’t want to get in the way when she’s working on a bag — including some kicks. There’s force there.'

Explaining that the three females in his family all have 'multiple badass qualities', Obama noted that his youngest daughter Sasha (who is now not so young after starting at College last year) is 'completely confident about her own take on the world' and has always been this way, even during high-profile moments during her father's presidency.

'[Sasha] is not cowed or intimidated — and never has been — by anybody’s titles, anybody’s credentials. If she thinks something’s wrong or right, she will say so. When she was 4, 5, 6 years old, once she made a decision, she would dig in and couldn’t be steered off it. I write about it in the book, how we were trying to get her to taste caviar when we were visiting Russia. She was like, “Mnn-nnh. No. Sorry. That looks slimy. It’s nasty. I’m not going to do it — even if I’ve got to give up dessert.” And that part of her character has always been there.'

Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

For his eldest daughter, Malia - who is currently studying at Harvard University - the former president credited her as being 'buoyant' and 'never bored'.

'She’s somebody who enjoys people, enjoys life, and enjoys conversation,' he remarked.

Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI - Getty Images
Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI - Getty Images

Ever since their parents departed the White House in January 2017, Malia and Sasha have understandably kept out of the spotlight, focusing on school and being young women away from the glare of the media and public.

The sisters did however make a rare appearance in the Netflix documentary Becoming, which followed their mother Michelle on her sell-out book tour.

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