Michelle Obama recently did an exclusive interview with Good Housekeeping where she spoke candidly about her fun days at the white house and dished a bit about her girls.
Read some of what she shared below:
Though Michelle Obama went through her teenage years at a much different time than her daughter, Malia, some things, she says, are “universal.”
In a new interview for the January cover of Good Housekeeping, Mrs. Obama got candid about how she’d compare her own adolescence with Malia, 20, and daughter Sasha, 17.
“Malia and I were talking recently about all the little things we’d stress over in junior high and high school — whether we’re wearing the right clothes, a snarky comment somebody made about us, the boys we crushed on, and on and on and on,” Obama told Good Housekeeping. “We laughed about how many hours were spent inside our heads, hoping a boy would ask us to dance, or stewing over a big test, just doing everything we could to avoid even the most minor embarrassments.”
“What’s inspiring to me is that so many of the young women I’ve met … are triumphing in incredible ways,” the Becoming author added to the magazine. “Unlike my generation, they’re not as held back by the societal belief that girls and boys can’t do the same things.”
In a recent Good Morning America interview, the former first lady said her daughters are well-adjusted despite spending their younger years in the spotlight while dad, former President Barack Obama, was in the White House.
“They’ve managed the situation with poise and grace and they are normal and kind and smart and friendly and open,” said Mrs. Obama. “It could’ve gone so wrong.”
I loved her response to this question as well:
Q: How do you stay calm and respectful when you’re being criticized? —Karen, La Canada Flintridge, CA
A: In 2008, when Barack was embarking on the general election, I was taking a lot of criticism from people who were trying to define me in the worst possible terms. There was a lot of innuendo, disingenuousness and outright lying about me, much of it steeped in barely concealed racial language.
In all my time in the public sphere, those were the deepest cuts. But what I learned, through a lot of tough moments and with the aid of time and perspective, is that those attacks weren’t really about me.
They were about the people who traded in those falsehoods and a political system that too often rewards our worst impulses and allows fear and small-mindedness to reign free. Of course, that understanding didn’t make the hurt any less real.
But with time… I could see that the deceit and name-calling was just noise — it wouldn’t change who I was or how I saw myself unless I allowed it to. So I decided that all I needed to do was breathe deep, hold fast to my beliefs and keep doing what I knew was right.
Gotta love our First lady!