‘She Made Family Imperative’: Michelle Obama’s Brother Explains What He’s Most Proud Of

Craig Robinson, New York Knicks vice president of player development and brother to former first lady Michelle Obama, revealed what he’s most proud of about his sister during the siblings’ Tuesday appearance on “Good Morning America,” citing Obama’s commitment to her entire family.

“You know, my sister’s done a whole lot of things, a lot of initiatives,” Robinson said before he was interrupted with applause from the in-studio audience.

Robinson thanked the former first lady for ensuring that none of her work got in the way of her commitment to their family:

“One of the biggest things that was apparent to our family was how she made family imperative within our own sort of family, so that even though she was busy doing all these wonderful things, we had have Thanksgiving at the White House, we’d have Fourth of July at the White House, and our entire family felt a part of being in such a historical environment.”

“It’s just — it’s great,” Robinson said, patting his sister and thanking her.

Watch the video below, via ABC:

Robinson was the head coach of the Oregon State Men’s basketball through a portion of the Obama’s time in the White House.

Former President Barack Obama hosted Robinson’s team at the White House on Thanksgiving Day in 2012:

President Barack Obama jokes with players from the Oregon State University basketball team in the Oval Office on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012. The team’s head coach is Craig Robinson, brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The following year, the Obamas made the trip to College Park, Maryland to watch the Oregon State team play against the University of Maryland:

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, and Marian Robinson attend the Oregon State University vs. University of Maryland men’s basketball game at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md., Nov. 17, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

But the Obama’s family connection in the White House ran deeper than simply supporting the first lady’s brother. Michelle’s mother, Marian Robinson, lived in the White House with the family throughout the Obama presidency.

While Marian maintained an often private life in the White House, she was a frequent sight alongside the Obamas during the holidays.

Marian helped distribute Halloween candy alongside the former president and first lady in 2009:

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Marian Robinson welcome children from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia schools for Halloween festivities at the North Portico of the White House, Oct. 31, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

And she could be seen celebrating with the first family at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in 2010:

President Barack Obama, with mother-in-law Marian Robinson, daughters Sasha and Malia, and First Lady Michelle Obama, react as they push the button to light the National Christmas Tree during a ceremony on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Marian briefly took on a more public role when she accompanied the first lady and daughters, Sasha and Malia, on a trip to China in 2014:

First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson tour the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

As Craig thanked his sister on Tuesday for always keeping their family involved, the former first lady offered a simple response that was nearly drowned out by the audience’s applause.

“Couldn’t have gotten through it without you guys,” she said.

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