The former First Lady of the United States explained that her daughter was only eight years old when Barack opted to ask the youngster whether he should run. She said that it was Barack’s “sense of responsibility” that made him pose the question to his eldest daughter. And when he finally got the answer, Malia’s two word reply convinced the aspiring Democrat.
Writing in the 2018 bestseller ‘Becoming’, Michelle detailed the encounter and how it panned out.
She wrote: “To this day, Malia and I still crack up about the fact that she’d been eight years old when Barack, clearly feeling some sense of responsibility, posed the question one night while tucking her into bed.
“‘How would you feel if Daddy ran for President?’ he’d ask.
“‘Do you think that’s a good idea?’
“‘Sure, Daddy”’ she replied, pecking him on the cheek.
“His decision to run would alter nearly everything about her life after that, but how was she to know?
“She’d just rolled over then and drifted off to sleep.”
Barack would eventually secure the Democrat nomination before going on to claim victory in the 2008 US election.
Michelle said: “They cannot define themselves by looking at each other or looking at me or their dad.
“They have to take the time to get to know themselves—give themselves a moment to figure out who they want to be in the world, not who they think I want them to be, not what the rest of the world says about them, but to really think about how they want to shape their lives and how they want to move in this world.
“So, I don’t want them measuring themselves by external influences, and for young girls, that is hard to do.”
The discussion was held at the Barclays Centre, in Brooklyn, New York.
Michelle also reflected on her own life since leaving office.
She added: “The next phase of my journey of becoming is really continuing to make sure that what I do has meaning and purpose to somebody outside of myself.
“I want to empower the next generation of politicians, and community activists, and teachers and doctors and lawyers.
“I want to be a part of laying out a set of values and principles that we can all be proud of; of this country.”