Mrs. Obama Recalls Boxing: ‘I Used to Beat Up My Brother and My Cousins’

By Staff | April 23, 2015 | 10:02am EDT

In a question and answer session with children in the East Room of the White House yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama recalled how she used to box as a child and “beat up” her brother and her cousins.

Question: How was it like in your life?

Mrs. Obama: What do you mean? Be specific. Like, just growing up? Or what’s it like being First Lady?

Question: Mm-hmm.

Michelle Obama during the White House’s annual "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day," April 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Mrs. Obama: What do you mean? What is it like every day?

Question: When you were a kid.

Mrs. Obama: When I was a kid? You know, I had a normal childhood. I grew up in Chicago. You can sit down, babe, if you want to. I was kind of a tomboy when I was little, because I had a big brother and I used to box with him. My father used to box, so he bought us both boxing gloves. My brother had big ones, I had little ones. And I used to beat up my brother and my cousins. I loved baseball and softball. And like special times were we’d go to the drive-in and we’d be able to eat in the car--simple things. Like, we played outside until it got dark, and we liked to play Tag and It and Chase. And I always worked hard in school. School was always important. So I always wanted to do my best in school, so I made sure that I got good grades and I did my homework, because I was listening to my parents because I knew that would make them proud. But otherwise, I was just a regular little girl. 

The entire White House transcript of Mrs. Obama "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" Q&A can be read clicking here.

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