What a pretty cover. What fantastic women. You can read the whole interview here. Or, below, some highlights:
My day is structured so that I’m usually not working until 10 or 10:30.
That gives me time to get the girls out of the house. My mom is taking
them to school because it’s less of a scene for her. With all the
security involved, it’s a more normal experience for them when I don’t
Oprah: What do people at school call you? First Lady? Mrs. Obama?
When I introduce myself, I usually say, “Hi, I’m Michelle—Malia and
Sasha’s mom.” And then when you sit down with another parent and have a
conversation, all the titles melt away anyway, and you’re just talking
about your kids. But to get back to your question, after I see the
girls off, I usually work until 3 or 4. Then they’re back and we start
in on homework. Then Dad comes home and we all have dinner. That’s the
beauty of living above the office: Barack is home every day. The four
of us sit down to eat as a family. We haven’t had that kind of normalcy
for years. And now I can just pop over to his office, which sometimes
I’ll do if I know he’s having a particularly frustrating day.
Oprah: You pop over to the Oval Office?
Yes. I’ll just pop over and say hi. And all of this—this being together
as a family—is what has made the transition easy. We have each other,
in a really fundamental way.
Oprah: And how is your mother doing? I am so impressed with her.
We had a conversation right before you moved, and she said she was
going to make sure you all had your dinners as a family—but that she
would not be at the table.
Michelle Obama: I know.
Oprah: When I asked her why, she said, “Because that’s Michelle’s family.”
Michelle Obama: My mom has some really wise approaches to family. But there are times when we’re like, “Mom, come down here.”
Oprah: She originally wanted her own apartment.
Michelle Obama: And I told her, “You can live right here and never even see us if you don’t want to!”
She told me that the reason she decided to live here is that she didn’t
want you and the president to have to pay for her to have her own
Michelle Obama: Oh, that’s good. We’re cheap, for sure. And I bet she said so!
Oprah: But there is a lot of room here.
Plenty of room. There are many times when she drops off the kids, we
hang out and talk and catch up, and then she’s like, “I’m going home.”
And she walks upstairs.
Oprah: What’s it like to walk into a world where you have so
many people available to handle your every need? You’ve gone from doing
everything, managing your whole household, getting the kids off to
school, picking up your own cough syrup…