A new biography about Michelle Obama has revealed that her mother was initially wary of President Barack Obama because he was of mixed race.
The claim was made in Washington Post correspondent Peter Slevin’s new biography about the First Lady, called “Michelle Obama: A Life.” In the book, Slevin interviews a number of members from the Obama family’s inner circle.
Despite her initial reservations of Obama, whose mother was white and whose father came from Kenya, Marian Robinson was soon won over by her son-in-law. This was no easy feat, according to Slevin, who noted that Robinson is not a pushover. However, Robinson admitted that Obama’s mixed race was easier to accept than had he been completely white.
“That didn’t concern me as much as had he been completely white,” Robinson said in an interview with “Chicago Tonight.”
Robinson moved into the White House when Obama became president in order to help with Sasha and Malia. She has traveled with the Obamas to Africa and China.
“[The book is] an inspiring story, richly detailed and written with elan,” the book’s publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, wrote. “The first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama…the most unlikely first lady in modern American history.”
The book will be released on April 7.