Michelle Obama flawlessly graced the cover of Vogue’s December issue to talk about the last eight years she spent in the White House and we’re already tearing up. No first lady will ever compare to you, Mrs. O!
Obama will soon be a ‘former first lady’ which is something most of the country has trouble wrapping their head around, explaining why the internet fantasied about her running for office in 2020. All jokes aside, what’s next for Michelle?
“I will take the same approach leaving as I did coming in,” she tells Vogue. “I won’t know until I’m there. I’ve never been the former First Lady of the United States of America before. But I will always be engaged in some way in public service and public life. The minute I left my corporate-law firm to work for the city, I never looked back. I’ve always felt very alive using my gifts and talents to help other people. I sleep better at night. I’m happier. So we’ll look at the issues that I’ve been working on. The question is: How do I engage in those issues from a new platform? I can’t say right now, because we can’t spend that much time really doing the hard work of vetting offers or ideas or options because we’re still closing things out here.”
Obama is going to miss being in the White House just as much as we’re going to miss seeing her there, however, it’s time. The Obama family’s dedicated eight years of service is up and as bittersweet as that sounds, Michelle is ready for her life to be normal again.
“Looking out on the South Lawn and the Washington Monument and it had just rained and the grass was really green and everything popped a little bit more. It’s so beautiful. And for that moment I thought, I’m going to miss waking up to this, having access to this anytime I want.” She explains to Vogue, “But on the flip side . . . it’s time. I think our democracy has it exactly right: two terms, eight years. It’s enough. Because it’s important to have one foot in reality when you have access to this kind of power. The nature of living in the White House is isolating. And I think Barack and I—because we’re kind of stubborn—we’ve maintained some normalcy, mostly because of the age of our kids. I go out to dinner with my girlfriends; I go to Sasha’s games; Barack has coached a little basketball with Sasha’s team. But at the same time, when you can’t walk into CVS?”
What is it about Michelle Obama that keeps us coming back for more? Is it her elegant, iconic style? Her loving marriage? Her intelligence and strength? Her fiery passion? Her involvement as First Lady?
Her husband, President Barack Obama, has the perfect answer.
“Michelle never asked to be First Lady,” President Obama writes to Vogue via email. “Like a lot of political spouses, the role was thrust upon her. But I always knew she’d be incredible at it, and put her own unique stamp on the job. That’s because who you see is who she is—the brilliant, funny, generous woman who, for whatever reason, agreed to marry me. I think people gravitate to her because they see themselves in her—a dedicated mom, a good friend, and someone who’s not afraid to poke a little fun at herself from time to time.”
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