Family Quotes

You can’t be the dad who takes your kid out after your wife has said, ‘No ice cream,’ buys the ice cream, and says, ‘Don’t tell your mother.’ You teach the child to lie — and to disrespect the other parent. We learned early on that we needed to be united, even if we disagreed, […]

My grandparents were from Kentucky—I’m related to Daniel Boone. He was my great-great-great uncle.

I’ve got one tattoo that I don’t regret. It’s my family coat of arms on my right shoulder. I got it in remembrance of my father. My father hated tattoos. It’s the Celtic paradox: Get a tattoo in memory of someone who hated tattoos.

Going to see my grandparents was like going back 50 years. Every weekend was a history lesson in Southern food.

Malia is the movie savant. She’s very clear. Although we all don’t like the same movies. She and Barack like dark and sad. And Sasha and I, we want a little laughter and frivolity.

That’s what I tell young people, young couples — it’s gonna come full circle, especially if you have little kids and you’re working, you have a career. You look over at that guy, and you’re like, ‘Ooh, why did I do this? I don’t even remember.’ But you come full circle. Kids are out of […]

Since I was a little kid, I was like—since my dad died—I was like, “Oh, I can’t wait to have a kid.”

My decision to be a writer was largely shaped by my family upbringing. I grew up in a family that had a distinct sense of history. It permeated our entire family structure. Moreover, my parents were teachers, and they went out of their way to see to it that I had books.

My relatives say that they are glad I’m rich, but that they simply cannot read me.

We’ve brought the children up to be willing to try different things and they love it. I don’t mean feeding them truffles and caviar, but encouraging them to try different fruits and vegetables and a variety of flavors and textures.