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The former FLOTUS was so “nervous” about the campaign trail he was on that she sought reassurance from sibling Craig Robinson, who delivered a stern reality check to the former lawyer. Craig told Michelle, who was confiding in him as Barack began his quest to the White House in 2008, that she was the one who “married a guy who has this kind of ambition” and that she had to stay strong for her husband. The revelations were delivered in The Michelle Obama podcast, which saw the ex-First Lady of the United States discuss her life with Craig.
Since Barack went on to become the US’ first – and only – black President, the couple are now considered two of the most influential people on the planet.
Throughout her career, she has been seen as a rock to Barack, who helped rewrite American history during his two terms in the White House.
Yet it was in those moments before Barack would make history, that Michelle questioned herself – and her desire for the couple’s future.
Michelle said that as a result of her father’s death in 1991, she relied heavily on Craig for support and a second opinion, adding: “I mean, it’s like, talking to you about my fears about it, having you assure me that this is gonna be OK – you were the one that said ‘you married a guy who has this kind of ambition, and this, in his heart, so, what are you gonna do’. You might, I don’t know if you remember what you said.”
Craig then hit back: “I remember because you were in one of your moods, where you were like, nah, I want my husband to be like Frasier Robinson [Michelle and Craig’s father].
“And, first of all, that’s not fair to anybody. That dude, he was a special guy, and there was no way you were gonna put that pressure on any guy, it wouldn’t ever work. You’d never be married.
“But second of all, was what I said about, I was like listen, you’re trying to penalise, because, let’s face it, none of us thought that Barack could do what he was talking about doing.”
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The siblings also recalled the first meeting that Barack had with the rest of Michelle’s family and a particular liking their mother had for him.
Craig said mother Marian Robinson was infatuated with Barack, revealing she thought he “was kinda good looking”, after he stepped out of Michelle’s car.
But Craig was at first cautious of Barack as he admitted there “may have been one or two guys you dated that I absolutely didn’t like”.
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He added: “But for the most part, your decisions on who to date were solid, just being able to, judge people, and develop your own relationships, and be able to navigate that, at a young age, and you were usually a pretty short term dating.
“And then lo and behold you meet Barack Obama. So after a while, you were like finally gonna let us meet him.
“You drove up in your nice black Saab, and you were driving of course, and he gets out of the passenger side, and I remember the first thing mom said, ‘Oooh he’s tall, he’s kinda good looking’.”
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