Obama Owns Up: Michelle Made More Sacrifices

Many men 'still a little obtuse' about imbalance in household dynamics
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2009 7:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – The men in many families need to be "knocked across the head every once in a while" to realize how much more work their partners are putting into child-raising, President Obama says, and the Obamas are no exception. "There's no doubt that our family, like a lot of families out there, were ones in which the men are still a little obtuse about this stuff," he told an NBC interviewer last night.

White House life is a lot different, Obama acknowledged, but a few years ago, when he and Michelle were both juggling careers and kids, Michelle "was trying to figure out, OK, if the kids get sick why is it that she's the one who has to take time off of her job to go pick them up from school, as opposed to me?" He tried to be introspective enough to realize when things were unfair, Obama said, but "the truth is that Michelle still had to make sacrifices of the sort that I did not have to make."