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Wed, 17 Apr, 2019Joanita Wibowo

Michelle Obama shares "one of the best texts" she has ever received

Michelle Obama shares "one of the best texts" she has ever received

Michelle Obama has revealed the touching message she received from her older brother in response to her memoir.

The former First Lady is currently on tour to promote her book Becoming, which is on course to becoming the world’s most popular autobiography with more than 10 million copies sold, according to its publisher Bertelsmann.

During the European leg of her book tour, the 55-year-old received a text from her brother, basketball coach Craig Robinson.

“My brother just sent me one of the best texts I’ve ever received,” Obama wrote on Instagram alongside a screenshot of the text.

Robinson’s message to her read: “As I sit listening to the words of your book for the third time albeit this time by audiobook, it occurred to me that I haven’t thanked you for all your memories.

“Since I'm the one who is supposed to remember everything, I realized I have blocked out everything regarding dad's death. I was here crying and laughing at the sadness of the story and the comfort of your voice.”

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A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on Apr 14, 2019 at 10:46am PDT

In her book, Obama wrote extensively about her father Fraser Robinson III, who struggled with multiple sclerosis for years and died in 1991 at the age of 55.

Her brother signed off the message by thanking her for sharing her experience. 

“All I can think of is how much I love my little sister. Thank you,” Craig wrote.

In the post, Obama explained how much her father meant to the two of them. 

“The laughs and lessons, the hugs, the heartache from losing him – they’re all still there with me, every minute,” she admitted.

She also highlighted that sharing personal stories can help loved ones connect, even when they are “an ocean away”, just like her brother Robinson. “Love you, big brother,” Obama signed off. 

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A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on Apr 10, 2019 at 8:27am PDT

Obama also shared in Becoming about her closeness with Craig. 

“You have been my protector since the day I was born,” she wrote to her brother in the memoir. 

"You have made me laugh more than any other person on this earth. You are the best brother a sister could ask for, a loving and caring son, husband, and father.”

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