Michelle Obama praises former first daughters for 'always having Malia and Sasha's back'
Former first lady Michelle Obama thanks the daughters of former presidents Clinton and George W. Bush for always supporting her daughters, Sasha and Malia
Former first lady Michelle Obama is proud of how her daughters Malia, 20, and Sasha, 17, turned out despite spending eight integral years of their life under intense public scrutiny in The White House. During an appearance on Good Morning America on Tuesday, Michelle said: "They’ve managed the situation with poise and grace and they are normal and kind and smart and friendly and open. It could’ve gone so wrong." She credited past first daughters who stood up for Malia and Sasha for their fair treatment on many occasions and paved the way for them, People reports.
The 54-year-old 'Becoming' author continued, "I’ll also say they had a lot of support from the other former first kids, Jenna and Barbara and Chelsea. I love those girls, I’ll love them forever for the kind of support they provided to my daughters … They always had their backs. Whenever someone went after them in the press, Jenna would get in there and say something. Chelsea would send a tweet out. That made a big, big difference." The 38-year-old Chelsea Clinton is the only child of Hillary and Bill Clinton while Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush, both 36, are the fraternal twins of George W. Bush.
.@MichelleObama on Sasha and Malia: "They had support from a lot of the other first kids - Jenna and Barbara and Chelsea. I love those girls. I will love them forever for what kind of support they provided to my daughters. They always had their back." https://t.co/aBt0Ti2plD pic.twitter.com/zKD3ylzjFd— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 13, 2018
In January 2017, Jenna and Barbara wrote an open letter to Malia and Sasha before they left The White House, welcoming the Obama girls to the "rarified club" of erstwhile first children and urging them to ignore their critics. "You have listened to harsh criticism of your parents by people who had never even met them. You stood by as your precious parents were reduced to headlines. Your parents, who put you first and who not only showed you but gave you the world. As always, they will be rooting for you as you begin your next chapter. And so will we."
In November 2017, Chelsea came to Malia and Sasha's defense when she called out a "loathsome" story that claimed Malia had been interrogated in an FBI probe. "Loathsome. Just loathsome," Chelsea wrote in a tweet at the time. "Please leave Malia alone to lead her own life & keep her out of your (shameful) agenda!"
During the show, Michelle also spoke candidly about her own mother, Marian Shields Robinson, who raised her in a tough neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. "My mother is a South Side mother who really thinks, 'Why do I wanna be bothered?'" she cracked. "We travel around the world, and I’m like, 'Mom, you wanna go to China with us?' 'Why would I wanna go to China?'… Black mothers on the South Side, you gotta push them to try some new stuff. I’m still doing that with her."
In a recent conversation with People, Michelle opened up about her relationship with her husband, former president Barack Obama, 57, and revealed why the couple sought help from a marriage counselor. "Because we’re role models, it’s important for us to be honest and say, if you’re in a marriage and there are times you want to leave, that’s normal — because I felt that way," she said.
"My mother would talk about leaving my father in the spring, when she’d do spring cleaning," Michelle added. "There were definitely times when I wished things were different, but I don’t think I ever thought, 'I’m just checking out of this'."