An interview Michelle Obama’s mother gave during the 2004 Chicago Senate has resurfaced thanks to a new book about the first lady, and it brings new attention to Marion Robinson‘s misgivings about her daughter’s marriage to the biracial Barack Obama.
Robinson, now 77, said she was wary about her daughter marrying Obama, who had a black father and white mom, but it could have been worse.
“That didn’t concern me as much as had he been completely white,” she said during the interview with WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight,” which was unearthed by Michelle Obama biographer Peter Slevin .
“I guess that I worry about races mixing because of the difficulty, not for, so much for prejudice or anything,” she added. “It’s just very hard.”
Slevin wrote that Obama’s interracial background wasn’t enough to make Robinson oppose the marriage, according to the Daily News.
“Marian, no pushover, was favorably impressed with Barack.” he wrote.
Robinson famously moved in with the first family when they moved into the White House in 2008.
The book, “Michelle Obama: A Life,” is due to hit bookstores April 7.
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