In 2009 Miriana Cook wrote about Barak and Michelle in the New Yorker an , and quotes our current president speaking about his family and his wife's family.
This is what he is reported to have said:
BARACK OBAMA: All my life, I have been stitching together a family, through stories or memories or friends or ideas. Michelle has had a very different background—very stable, two-parent family, mother at home, brother and dog, living in the same house all their lives. We represent two strands of family life in this country—the strand that is very stable and solid, and then the strand that is breaking out of the constraints of traditional families, travelling, separated, mobile. I think there was that strand in me of imagining what it would be like to have a stable, solid, secure family life.
From this point of view, I am in the strand of family life that is breaking out of constraints. And, like Barack of 1996, I spend a good amount of time imagining what it would be like to have a stable, solid, secure family life. All the wondering hasn't yet answered the question for me. I am still moving and searching and still don't know what that would look like. Though in the the ongoing search I'm grateful for all the friends I've made and the fine network they make from coast to coast such that I am never too far from a familiar face.