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April 21st, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Craig Robinson on life with sister Michelle Obama

(CNN) – Craig Robinson is first lady Michelle Obama's big brother and head coach of the men's basketball team at Oregon State University. He also had the honor of introducing his sister at the 2008 Democratic Convention.

Robinson has written a memoir titled, "A Game of Character: A Family Journey from Chicago's Southside to the Ivy League and Beyond." Our Kiran Chetry sat down to talk with him about his new book and even learned some tips on how to shoot hoops.

Don't miss: Excerpt: A Game of Character by Craig Robinson


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. JLS

    Charmed Muggle – Do you still remember the things that Obama promised you during his campaign. He insisted upon. It is not b/c he is black, but thanks for telling others what it is that they are thinking – typical. It is because he promised change. Are you saying that he shouldn't send his kids to the dangerous public schools b/c no prior president did – so he is not going to "CHANGE?" Stop seeing him as black – we did. we just see another lying politician – same old same old. Can't wait for some real change in 2012

    April 23, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  2. Ashkey

    This was too cute. I think it really reminds people of why they voted for Barack Obama in the first place and that's because he's just like everybody else. He has a family, he goes to work, and he's pretty much down to earth. One of the first presidents in a long time that nobody has set up on a pedestal to be untouchable. He's just a family man.

    April 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  3. Sharon

    Rick, please, please grow up already! Because of people like you how could she have been proud at all times. Just keep it real.

    April 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  4. patrick

    I cant stand the Obamas. I am so disapoitned in how they have set out to destroy our country. its nice how the taxpayers money helped to save her brothers job as a coach....and they called it stimulus money.

    April 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  5. Jennifer Young

    As a Canadian Citizen who resided in the USA I sit at your back door reading all the sad bacwards coment from US citizen's. Embrace what is good for a change and give credit where credit is due your country will be a much better place if you did your part and be supportave rather that continuing to displaying biggotery. Please give your President and his family the respect they have eirned and drserve.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  6. graybird

    I am a proud American, even more proud that we can now see literacy at it's best in the White House. Education is the key...never forget

    April 23, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  7. Scottish Mama

    Rick, I am assuming you are prejudice [raisist] or a repug. I believe that the first lady said for the first time I am proud of America. Who knows what blunders we would make speaking publicly. Get over yourself Rick. No their children are not in public schools anymore. Because they have knuckleheads of prejudice nature and kooks who write in about stuff that if we brought up Bush we could write a book on his mis-spoken words.
    I believe that becoming President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama has set the bar higher for african americans, and have given blacks a new role model.
    I believe that Michelle Obama has given back More than her share, She has given up her husband for 4 years, her privacy, and put her children in private school, where they can be protected from narrow minded idiots and biggots.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  8. CharmedMuggle

    @Rick, do you understand English? Go back & listen to what our beautiful First Lady said about America. Why would the First Family send their children to the horrible public schools of DC when no other first family was ever expected to send their children to them? Oh, that's right, they're black so everything is different with them and they are fodder for ridiculous criticism...

    April 23, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  9. Thanks

    and let's not forget Barack's grandparents. I'm so swollen with pride and as a U.S. citizen, grateful for the work they have put in their children. Those values will, hopefully, turn this country back to where we were before all the greed of the 80's set us up on a course of destruction. We changed the course, alright, and it wasn't for the better. Perhaps, after having gone through all we've gone through, we can return to our old family values - the values that made this country great.

    April 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  10. Thanks

    I enjoyed this and continue to be so proud of my President and his family and how they are coping. We stand on the shoulders of excellence and it's so heartwarming to see our legacy continue with this presidency. We need to celebrate more Robinsons and Obamas in this country. We spend too much celebrating the negative. There's nothing better than love and this is an example of why. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, thank you . . . Ms. Ann and Mr. Obama . . . thank you for instilling wonderful values into your children that encourages those who need and want it and enriches us all - those of us who want and need it. The parents had to be something special to make such special children. God has truly blessed America in this presidency.

    April 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  11. Rick

    I seem to recall that the firse lady said that she was not proud of America. Has she paid back that public money she got to go to school? Are her kuds in public school? Now that would set an example for the poor Blacks in Washington DC!

    April 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm |