Barack Obama pays tribute to the women in his life.
In his cover story for InStyle, the 44th president of the United States opens up about wife Michelle and their two daughters: Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19.
“I think people know Michelle well enough to know how amazing she can be as a public speaker,” the politician said about the former first lady.
In addition to being a great public speaker, Barack reveals that Michelle is a total bad-ass when it comes to boxing!
“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,” he dished. “You don’t want to get in the way when she’s working on a bag — including some kicks. There’s force there.”
The former senator also describes eldest Malia as “buoyant.”
“She’s somebody who enjoys people, enjoys life, and enjoys conversation,” he said. “She’s never bored, which is a bad-ass quality that can take you places.”
As for Sasha, Barack describes his youngest as someone who is “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. When she was 4, 5, 6 years old, once she made a decision, she would dig in and couldn’t be steered off it,” he explained.
“I write about it in [his memoir “A Promised Land”], how we were trying to get her to taste caviar when we were visiting Russia. She was like, ‘Mnn-nnh. No. Sorry. That looks slimy. It’s nasty. I’m not going to do it — even if I’ve got to give up dessert.’ And that part of her character has always been there.”
Obama’s latest memoir was released on Tuesday, and reportedly sold 887,000 units — comprising pre-sale and first-day sales in the U.S. and Canada.
Publisher Penguin Random House said it was “the largest first-day sales total for any book ever published” by the company.
The 768-page book — the first of two volumes — documents Barack’s early political life up to the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011.
In September, The New York Times reported that he began writing “A Promised Land” shortly after leaving office in 2017, and worked on it at his home in Washington, D.C., while traveling, and in Martha’s Vineyard this summer.
See pictures of Barack’s InStyle spread, below: