“Maybe one of my greatest successes, Michelle’s greatest successes, in those eight years [in office] was raising these great girls, who don’t have an attitude, don’t feel entitled,” he shared.
The former president credits his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, for helping them become down-to-earth adults.
Barack Obama Talks About Why Malia and Sasha Are His Greatest Successes
“[Marian] doesn’t understand all the fuss. She was great to have around with the girls,” Barack shared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, about Michelle Obama‘s mom, who is the “least pretentious person” he knows.
“If she saw them acting bratty, [she’d say,] ‘You guys haven’t done anything. Why are you acting special? You’re just here for the ride.’ And they’d suddenly go, ‘You’re right, Grandma,'” he added. “She was a huge blessing.”
“Malia and Sasha found their own ways to get involved with the demonstrations and activism that you saw with young people this summer, without any prompting from Michelle and myself, on their own initiative,” he said. “I could not have been prouder of them.”
It has truly been an honor to watch these phenomenal young ladies grow up! Job well done, family.
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