The 56-year-old became one of the world’s most recognisable and influential women, as she supported Barack during his eight-year stay in the White House. Despite her successes, which include becoming a millionaire thanks in part to her best-selling memoir ‘Becoming’, the former First Lady of the United States is incredibly protective of her children’s private lives. While Barack was President, he and Michelle both ensured that his role would not get in the way of their upbringing, which meant the pair had to make alterations to their schedules – even if Barack was leading one of the world’s most powerful nations.
Discussing the sacrifices with her mother Marian and brother Craig Robinson on the latest ‘The Michelle Obama Podcast’ episode, Michelle explained: “Even as Barack being the President of the United States, he worked his schedule around their schedule.
“They weren’t waiting until 9pm to eat because dad was running late.
“They never couldn’t not go somewhere or do something because of dad. I never wanted them to resent the presidency, or resent what their dad did.”
Their commitment to their children continued after Barack’s term of presidency ended in 2017, as they remained in Washington with Malia and Sasha so they could finish their studies.
Marian also helped keep the family grounded and helped raise the sisters by moving into the White House to support them.
The 83-year-old told the podcast: “I think the girls did really well with what they had to deal with.
“They pretty much just went about their schoolwork as just a normal child, even though the Secret Service was standing outside their door.”
Before becoming First Lady, Michelle attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
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She went on to reveal she doesn’t want her daughters to “define themselves” by looking to herself or their former-president father.
She said: “What I tell them is what I continue to tell themselves is that they have to walk their own walk.
“They cannot define themselves by looking at each other or looking at me or their dad.”