"I am in awe of my children for the way they have managed this whole thing with poise and grace. There's a resilience that they've had to develop."
Michelle Obama is a proud mother! Her daughters, Malia and Sasha, have grown up to be such poised, graceful, and resilient young women, given how their childhood was not a typical one, reports Daily Mail. The former First Lady sat down with Conan O'Brien for a new episode of his Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend podcast, where she spoke warmly about Malia, 20, and Sasha, 17 praising the capable young adults they have become. "I am in awe of my children for the way they have managed this whole thing with poise and grace. There's a resilience that they've had to develop," she said. They had to grow up with the public eye constantly on them and it definitely would not have been easy.
The two kids had to face a lot of criticism while growing up, mainly because of who their parents are. Michelle admitted during the episode that Malia and Sasha found her and the former President Barack Obama to be 'hugely embarrassing'. "Imagine showing up to parent-teacher conferences with a 20-car motorcade and police officers yelling at the teachers, 'Move out of the way!'" she said. But that's not all that was embarrassing about it.
"We've given them so much more than any of us have ever had — they have met the pope and the queen and they’ve done things no kid would ever do — but they've also had to sacrifice a lot of their childhoods. Living in this glare and being the subject of some of this nastiness themselves and learning from a very young age how to recover from that, how to steel yourself," said Michelle.
There was an incident when Malia was on a field trip with the rest of her class to a museum. While they were there, another group of fifth-graders had come and recognized her and started taking her pictures. "And she had to take it upon herself because no teachers were stopping this, no grown-ups. She gathered them around, and said, 'Now, I'm very excited to see all of you, but I'm here with my school so I can't take pictures with all of you'," said Michelle.
"That's how my kids have had to operate. Strangers approaching them. And being angry if they don't want to take pictures. Imagine trying to have your first kiss or sneak a cigarette and you're on Page Six. They've had to learn how to steel themselves and then come out not being resentful, not being cynical, and still being curious about the world. My hat's off to them," added Michelle, an evidently proud mother!
There was a lot of pressure and atypicality attached to Barack Obama's job. as the former President of the United States. Barack and Michelle could do nothing about it, so they tried to make life as normal as possible for the girls. "We had to parent by creating this cocoon of normalcy in a pretty crazy, abnormal world," she said, while also revealing how she and her husband had to be the calming force at home. She compared the experience to a toddler bumping his or her head. If the parents freak out, the toddlers will too.
Michelle said, "We spent eight years just going, 'It’s okay. You’ll be fine. This is normal. Just go to school.' It was very much keeping them in their reality, making sure we went to parent-teacher conferences and we went to their games and we were sitting on the sidelines with them and that they had sleepovers. And we had kids sleeping over at our house... our house being the White House. My kids were like every other kid — like, 'Why would people want to come here, mom?' It's the White House, I guarantee you they want to come and watch a movie."
Eventually, the girls grew to like the sleepovers at the White House and insisted they have one last sleepover before they move out, which Michelle revealed, was chaos! She said, "I wasn't sure how these eight little girls were going to get out of that house on time. Uber? The staff was crying, my girls were crying and all I kept thinking was 'I can't be crying right now, people will think I'm crying for different reasons'. So, I had to fix my face, but then I was like 'Bye Felicia!' It all did turn out just fine in the end, didn't it? Malia and Sasha took a level of maturity and resilience "that not even Barack or I had to have."