Michelle Obama Shares Sweet Tribute to Late Dad Fraser Robinson on Father's Day (Photo)
Michelle Obama reminisces over the kind of man her late father was as she shares a photo of him on Father's Day. Fraser Robinson died even before Michelle married Barack Obama who she admits reminds her of her father.
Michelle Obama’s father, Fraser Robinson didn’t live to see the day his daughter became first lady. But his influence continues to be a presence in Michelle who recognized this on Father’s Day.
REMEMBERING THE MAN WHO LED HER TO BARACK OBAMA
Fraser died at the young age of 55 before Michelle even married Barack Obama. And though he never met the man who eventually became the president of the United States, Michelle says Fraser was so much like her dad. In fact, in a 2017 interview with poet Elizabeth Alexander, she reveals the traits of her father that her husband also bears.
"When I think about the words that stay in my head, that guide me, what I wake up to every day, it’s the voice of Marian and Fraser Robinson,” she said. “Those words guide me and they led me to Barack Obama who reminded me very much of my own father in his decency and his honesty and his compassion. That was my foundation.”
“My dad was pretty cool. He was proud and warm with a smooth baritone voice and ready laugh.”
A SPECIAL TRIBUTE ON FATHER'S DAY
On Father’s Day this year, Michelle is reminded of the kind of man her father was as she shared a rare photo of him. The man that stared back at us on her Instagram looked serious and was dressed in plaid pants and a green shirt. Michelle’s description of him in her caption gives us a deeper perspective, one that reveals a daughter’s longing to grasp every memory she has of her late father, no matter how incomplete.
“I love this photo of my father because it shows so much of his presence—his strength, his poise, and yes, his style,” Michelle begins to write. “My dad was pretty cool. He was proud and warm with a smooth baritone voice and ready laugh.”
She also recalls how punctual he was, judging from the visible tan line he had on his arm in the shape of a wristwatch.
"I’m grateful for all of it: for every imperfect photograph, for every incomplete memory, and for the many wonderful, beautiful years I had to learn and love — and be loved by — my father.”
As she continued, Michelle chose to focus on what the photo meant to her today.
“This snapshot is a reminder that all memories are somewhat incomplete, a photographic representation that my time with him was cut short.” But “that’s ok” she adds. “That’s life.”
“And that’s why, today and every day, I’m grateful for all of it: for every imperfect photograph, for every incomplete memory, and for the many wonderful, beautiful years I had to learn and love — and be loved by — my father.”
She ended her tribute with a Father’s Day greeting addressed to Fraser and the words, “I miss you and I’ll love you forever.”
MORE ABOUT FRASER ACCORDING TO HIS CHILDREN
Fraser is survived by his two childre, Michelle and her brother, Craig Robinson. In her best-selling book, “Becoming,” Michelle spoke lengthily about Fraser and how he was a practical man who worked hard to raise his children well despite suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Though he eventually walked with crutches due to his condition, he continued to work in a water filtration plant for the city of Chicago.
“If I hadn't gone to Princeton, my sister probably wouldn't have gone to Princeton and she never would've met Barack and none of this would've happened. All because of my father."
He was also supportive of Michelle and his brother, Craig, who, upon Fraser’s urging and despite their family’s limited finances, managed to earn degrees from Princeton. Craig recognizes how valuable his father’s encouragement was to their life today.
“It changed all of our lives,” he told New York Daily News in 2008. “If I hadn't gone to Princeton, my sister probably wouldn't have gone to Princeton and she never would've met Barack and none of this would've happened. All because of my father."
FRASER'S INFLUENCE ON MICHELLE'S FAMILY LIFE
If Fraser were still alive today, we’re certain he’ll be proud of his children who continue to laud him after his death. Michelle is likewise lucky to have a husband like Barack who reminds her of her dad and who turned out to be a great father to their children too.
Shortly after she posted her dad’s picture, she greeted Barack on Father’s Day with a sweet throwback of him and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha. She was grateful and we can understand why. Her daughters have a great man for a father, all thanks to her own father who became her role model in her search for her perfect mate.