Michelle Obama is one of the busiest working moms around, tackling issues such as childhood obesity on a national scale, being the wife to the president of the United States, and having two young daughters. In an interview with Good Housekeeping via ET Online, the fashionable first lady dishes on what she misses most about life before husband Barack Obama became president, how she makes their daughters Malia,11, and Sasha, 8, a priority, and how her marriage is the perfect balance in temperament.
On what she misses most about life before the White House: “The little nothings in life that we don’t do anymore: Running an errand. Walking into your kid’s school without causing a fuss. Going out to dinner without a press pool.”
On how her daughters feel about the attention given to the family: “Our girls are pretty modest types, and they don’t like the attention, the hoopla. They will say things like, ‘Ugh, Dad, do you have to drive around with the sirens in the car? Do you have to block up all the traffic?'”
On balancing being first lady as well as a mom: “It’s just that the constant worry still exists when you’re a mom that the decisions you make in your life are negatively impacting your kids. I want to make sure that the girls are doing well, and that they feel like they have the love and attention they deserve from their parents, regardless of what positions we hold.”
On the presidents influence on her: “His temperament for the stressful part of the job is amazing. When I’m getting antsy and frustrated and tense, I just say, ‘Talk me through it. Tell me why this is OK.’ He’s incredibly even-keeled, and he’s always been good at understanding the bottom line of what’s important.”
Michelle and Barack Obama, who first met while working together at a law firm in Chicago, have been married since 1992.