Stunning beauty Michelle Obama will grace the cover of the latest Vogue magazine. Renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz captured the first lady in a series of breathtaking pictures. “The First Lady The World Fell In Love With,” is the perfect title of the Vogue article that accompanies the photographs. Mrs. Obama will be sorely missed.
With only two months before the first family leaves the White House, people yearn for them to stay. The Harvard-educated attorney left her Chicago job as Vice President for Community and External Affairs at the Medical Center for an unpaid self-described job as mom-in-chief. She has a staff but no budget.
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) November 11, 2016
Each first lady has decided how she will shape her own role. Mrs. Obama said:
‘Everything we do is by choice. I could have spent eight years doing anything, and at some level, it would have been fine. I could have focused on flowers. I could have focused on decor. I could have focused on entertainment. Because any First Lady, rightfully, gets to define her role. There’s no legislative authority; you’re not elected. And that’s a wonderful gift of freedom.’
President Barack Obama lovingly described his wife:
‘Michelle never asked to be First Lady. 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.’
The president believes he is lucky to be married to this strong woman:
‘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.’
The first lady took on a number of issues such as healthy eating, supporting military families, and developed programs for girls Reach Higher, and Let Girls Learn, shown in the tweet below:
— First Lady- Archived (@FLOTUS44) October 12, 2016
The first lady has shown herself to be game for all sorts of experiences. She appeared on several television shows such as Parks and Recreation and NCIS, playing herself. She also sat in the front seat of a car with James Corden on the Late, Late Show and sang karaoke. Mrs. Obama even hung out with the Muppets:
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) October 11, 2016
Last summer the first lady gave a remarkable speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), leaving the audience awed. Historians have described her as “the greatest political communicator of our time, better than Bill Clinton, better than her husband:”
— Fashion Central TV (@FashionCentTV) July 27, 2016
The first lady has been remarkably glamorous with daring fashion instincts. At her final state dinner last month, she wore an Atelier Versace rose-gold chain-mail column. In a recent interview with Vogue, Michelle Obama worse a black Versace dress, but has also selected little-known designers and given them their first break. Some of her favorite designers are Thakoon from Nebraska, Cuban-American Narciso Rodriguez, Azzedine Alaia from North Africa, and Taiwan-born Jason Wu.
— The Fashion Spot (@fashion_spot) October 25, 2016
The First Lady’s garden is the source of many White House dishes. Ever innovative, she has announced that she found a way for the National Park Service to care for it. She raised her own private funding to cover the $2.5 million costs:
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) October 6, 2016
The first lady treasures these last White House days:
‘You know, there are little . . . moments. Even today I was looking out at this view here. 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.’
But Mrs. Obama is pragmatic:
‘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?’
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) October 18, 2016
The president’s wife knows they live in a White House bubble and how important it is to stay in touch with regular people:
‘When you’re not engaged in the day-to-day struggles that everybody feels, you slowly start losing touch. And I think it’s important for the people in the White House to have a finger on the pulse. 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.’
What a role model!
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