Michelle Obama's father thought Barack 'won't last' in her life given her dating track record
CBS's Gayle King interviewed Michelle Obama at the Essence Festival in New Orleans and asked the former FLOTUS about her life before she moved into the White House
Former First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed that her father, Fraser C. Robinson III, once said Barack "won't last" given her dating track record.
“My father appreciated Barack instantly, but still didn’t like his odds," Michelle wrote in her 2018 memoir 'Becoming'. “After all, he’d seen me jettison my high school boyfriend David at the gates of Princeton. He’d watched me dismiss Kevin the college football player as soon as I’d seen him in a furry mascot outfit."
“My parents knew better than to get too attached," she continued. “According to Craig (brother), my father shook his head and laughed as he watched me and Barack walk away. He said: ‘Nice guy. Too bad he won’t last’.”
The revelation came as CBS’ Gayle King interviewed Michelle at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Express reports.
Michelle recounted her time in the White House, sharing stories about her marriage and how she struggled to become what she is today.
"This is the beauty of finding a partner you really love and respect," she said. “After all the highs and lows, the ups and downs we've been through, we have each other, which makes the journey worth it.”
The former FLOTUS also stressed how important it was for people to marry their equals in order to make a marriage work.
"My husband is my teammate and if we are going to win this game together, he has to be strong and he has to be ok with me being strong," she said.
Michelle said that while people saw her relationship as "hashtag relationship goals", she wanted them to know they have their fair share of difficult times too.
In 'Becoming', the former FLOTUS also revealed that her life was turned upside down following her father's demise.
Fraser C. Robinson III was married to Marian Robinson, Michelle’s mother, and died of multiple sclerosis in Chicago, Illinois, back in 1991.
“Food tastes like nothing. Colors go flat. Music hurts, and so do memories," she wrote of the ordeal. "You look at something you’d otherwise find beautiful—a purple sky at sunset or a playground full of kids—and it only somehow deepens the loss."
“Grief is so lonely this way," she added.