Michelle Obama Says She and Barack Can't Get a Word in with Sasha and Malia

"We like it like that."

Michelle Obama is opening up about the dinner table discussions she and Barack Obama have with their daughters Sasha and Malia.

In an interview with Good Morning America on Wednesday, the former first lady spoke about re-releasing her memoir for young readers, telling Robin Roberts she hopes to be comfortable "getting out of the way so that the next generation can take the seat that I'm sitting in."

When it comes to her daughters, she said, "I always have wanted them to start practicing the power of their voices very early on."

"Look, if you sit around the dinner table, me and Barack, we can't get a word in edgewise, and we like it like that," she added. "We want to hear their thoughts and their opinions, and that's where it begins."

In an interview with InStyle last year, the former president said his wife and daughters "all have multiple badass qualities."

"I think people know Michelle well enough to know how amazing she can be as a public speaker," he said. "They probably are less aware of what it's like to work out with Michelle when she's really in her groove. And sometimes that includes her boxing. You don't want to get in the way when she's working on a bag — including some kicks. There's force there."

About his daughters, Obama added, "Sasha is, as Malia describes it, completely confident about her own take on the world and is not cowed or intimidated — and never has been — by anybody's titles, anybody's credentials. If she thinks something's wrong or right, she will say so."

"And Malia, she is just buoyant," he continued. "She's somebody who enjoys people, enjoys life, and enjoys conversation. She's never bored, which is a badass quality that can take you places."

Michelle Obama is releasing a new edition of her memoir Becoming geared towards young readers.

Earlier this week, she shared a special message along with the release, telling readers, "You will make mistakes that teach you different lessons. All of that is coming. And all of that will continue to happen for you throughout your life. It happens to me even today. And I hope that in 10 or 20 years I'm still learning and growing and making mistakes that teach me something deeper about myself."

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