Michelle Obama: We Teach Our Kids South Chicago Values
First Lady Michelle Obama tells David Letterman that she and President Obama try to instill the values of south Chicago in their daughters.
Michelle Obama: For us, it's the values. The thing that we try to do is make sure -- the residence is on the second and the third floor of the White House. And what we want to have happen is when they get off that elevator and walk in to our residence that it feels like the south side of Chicago, the same values, the same rules, the same sense of responsibility.
Because, of course the stuff is different. There are butlers walking around, you know? We didn't have that, you know. So, Barack and I really do work hard to, you know, figure out how you create those values in this other world that we know nothing about and we, you know, try to make sure the kids have chores to do.
It's how they talk to us, it's how they talk to other people, you know. It's kindness, it's empathy, it's respect. Those are the things that we can give them when we remind them that is more important than anything that they'll ever had. And then we take their stuff away if they don't do it. 'Give me that.'