Michelle Obama covers Vogue Magazine’s December issue, and shares her most inner thoughts and feelings moments leading up to her departure from the White House. The First Lady tells writer Jonathan Van Meter, “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 soooo beautiful. And for that moment I thought, I’m going to miss waking up to this, having access to this anytime I want.”
Although Mrs. Obama will miss the White House and all of its glory, she expresses that she is ready to move on.
“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?”
The moment when Vogue makes it a reality that saying goodbye to President Barack Obama in The White House also means saying goodbye to First Lady Michelle Obama:
Van Meter spent a month with the First Lady. He tells Vogue just how much of a Renaissance woman the First Lady has been during her time in the White House. She took a “job with no salary, a platform with no power” and loaded it with significance and purpose, he wrote. Her husband, Mr. Obama says, “People 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.” Mrs. Obama is not certain of what her next step will be but she promises to keep being an active role model and advocate on the issues near and dear to her heart.
“I will always be engaged in some way in public service and public life. I’ve always felt very alive using my gifts and talents to help other people. I sleep better at night. I’m happier.” – Michelle Obama
Van Meter goes on to highlight Mrs. Obama’s greatness over the past 8 years, which include her two education initiatives, (Reach Higher and Let Girls Learn), her immaculate sense of style, her passion for SoulCycle, and her hilariously impressive carpool karaoke ride with James Corden and Missy Elliot. The Obama’s were hands-on when it came to the betterment of America’s youth especially; their time in The White House will go down in our children’s history books as a prolific and impactful moment of change and growth for The United States Of America.
“It makes us want to live right and do right and be right every single day so that we don’t ever disappoint these kids and they have something to hold on to. So that they know, as I say all the time. I can do this. You can do this.” – Michelle Obama