Barack Obama Brags About The ‘Bada** Qualities’ The Women In His Life Possess
Former President Barack Obama‘s latest book, “A Promised Land,” was released to critical acclaim and much anticipation on Tuesday (November 17). The book discusses many topics throughout the former President’s formative years, his wife Michelle Obama‘s initial pleas for him not to run for the presidency, and particularly hones in on his political experiences prior to his two terms as the President of the United States of America.
Now, in an interview with InStyle magazine, Barack Obama shares what he believes are “badass qualities” in both his wife and his two daughters, 19-year-old Sasha and 22-year-old Malia.
“I think people know Michelle well enough to know how amazing she can be as a public speaker. 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.
Sasha is, as Malia describes it, completely confident about her own take on the world and 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. And Malia, she is just buoyant. She’s somebody who enjoys people, enjoys life, and enjoys conversation. She’s never bored, which is a bada** quality that can take you places.”
He also shared an excerpt from the first chapter of what is now his third autobiographical work where he talked about his mother and how opinionated she was:
“My mother, Ann Dunham, was different, full of strong opinions. My grandparents’ only child, she rebelled against convention in high school — reading beatnik poets and French existentialists, joyriding with a friend to San Francisco for days without telling anyone. As a kid, I’d hear from her about civil rights marches, and why the Vietnam War was a misguided disaster; about the women’s movement (yes on equal pay, not as keen on not shaving her legs) and the War on Poverty. When we moved to Indonesia to live with my stepfather, she made sure to explain the sins of government corruption (“It’s just stealing, Barry”), even if everyone appeared to be doing it.”
Barack Obama also talked about a time where his mother gave him a serious talking-to about bullying another student while at school:
“Once, when she discovered I had been part of a group that was teasing a kid at school, she sat me down in front of her, lips pursed with disappointment.
“You know, Barry,” she said (that’s the nickname she and my grandparents used for me when I was growing up, often shortened to “Bar,” pronounced “Bear”), “there are people in the world who think only about themselves. They don’t care what happens to other people so long as they get what they want.
They put other people down to make themselves feel important.
“Then there are people who do the opposite, who are able to imagine how others must feel, and make sure that they don’t do things that hurt people.
“So,” she said, looking me squarely in the eye. “Which kind of person do you want to be?”
I felt lousy. As she intended it to, her question stayed with me for a long time.”
He went on to say in the book that his mother always found ways to teach him about morality but pointed out that she never became involved in any sort of political campaign that he was aware of:
“‘The world is complicated, Bar. That’s why it’s interesting.’ Dismayed by the war in Southeast Asia, she’d end up spending most of her life there, absorbing the language and culture, setting up micro-lending programs for people in poverty long before micro-credit became trendy in international development. Appalled by racism, she would marry outside her race not once but twice, and go on to lavish what seemed like an inexhaustible love on her two brown children. Incensed by societal constraints put upon women, she’d divorce both men when they proved overbearing or disappointing, carving out a career of her own choosing, raising her kids according to her own standards of decency, and pretty much doing whatever she d*** well pleased.”
What do you think about what former President Barack Obama had to say about his wife and daughters as well as the excerpt from his book? Tell us in the comments!