In an early released clip of the interview, which airs tonight, the first lady talked about her father’s battle with multiple sclerosis.
“I never knew him to be able to walk, but my dad worked so hard and he loved us so much, and I think from him I learned just absolute, complete unconditional love, the notion that kids really don’t need anything but to know that their parents adore them,” Obama said.
“I think that’s the greatest gift they gave us, just their constant support and, you know, stability, and that’s really what we try to instill in our girls,” she added. “I mean, you talk about raising kids, it’s just really — you know, we had rules, we had boundaries, but there wasn’t anything my dad wouldn’t do for us, and, uh — don’t make me cry.”
Recognizing the conversation had taken a turn for the serious, Obama exclaimed: “This isn’t ‘Oprah!”
“It’s supposed to be ‘Letterman.’ What’s up? Where are the laughs?” she said.