Barack Obama jokes with Jimmy Kimmel about selling more books than Michelle
The 59-year-old appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote his memoir A Promised Land, which sold more than 887,000 copies (including pre-orders) in the US and Canada on it’s first day of release earlier this week.
When asked if he outsold Michelle’s Becoming, Barack replied cheekily: “A tad more… But I’m not rubbing it in over dinner”.
He then quickly joked that his wife of 28 years doesn’t mind because his earnings still pay for her shoes.
Becoming was recognised as 2018’s fastest-selling book when it sold 725,000 copies on the first day of publication.
The 44th President of the United States also mocked the fact that his daughters, Malia and Sasha, have better things to do with their time than read his book.
“You are never a prophet in your own land. Their attitude is ‘we got better things to do than read your boring rants and raves,'” he said, adding it took them ten years to pick up his first book.
Kimmel also revealed Michelle had told him Barack was scared of their youngest, Sasha, to which the former president agreed, joking: “Yes! And the reason is, Sasha is a mini Michelle.
“And, I’m afraid of Michelle and Sasha, having seen that, basically has the same look and the same attitude.”
Talking about the couple’s eldest daughter, he noted “Malia is more like me temperamentally”, and that the father-daughter duo call themselves the “long faces” to Michelle and Sasha’s “round faces”, declaring with a laugh: “The round faces are a fiercer tribe.”
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The book is a long read, coming in at over 700 pages. Kimmel joked if this was done on purpose, asking: “Did you make it that long to make sure Trump never reads it?”.
“I don’t think it would have had to be 700 pages,” Barack quipped without missing a beat.
The extended interview also covered off Trump conspiracies and the election of Barack’s friend and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Kimmel asked Obama if there were places someone could hide in the White House, “Like if, say, they were going to be removed, are there little cubby holes or anything we should know about?”
“Well, I think we can always send the Navy Seals in there to dig them out,” Obama replied.
– Reported with Variety