Michelle Obama Covers Essence / Talks New Book, Barack, White House, & What’s Next

Published: Thursday 15th Nov 2018 by Sam


Michelle Obama is hailed by many as “Forever First Lady” following her monumental stint in the White House alongside husband Barack Obama.

For eight years they enchanted the world, broke barriers, scored record approval ratings, and etched their names into the history books.

But that only part of the story.

Now, with newly released memoir ‘Becoming,’ Michelle is opening up about her journey.

To celebrate its arrival, the Harvard and Princeton graduate covers the December/January issue of Essence magazine.

Head below for excerpts from the feature, which hits newsstands on November 23rd.

ON HOW TO FIND YOUR OWN BARACK: “I think a lot of people don’t have a clear idea of what they should look for in a mate—and for a long time, I didn’t either…What drew me to Barack was that when I met him, he was already a fully formed individual. From our very first conversations, he showed me that he wasn’t afraid to express his fears and doubts, or that he might not have all the answers. He could handle someone with her own passions and goals, someone who had ideas of her own. He relished it, in fact. I liked that…”

ON HER HAPPIEST DAYS IN THE WHITE HOUSE: “Any day that I got to spend time with children was a good day. Sometimes if I was need of a pick-me-up, my staff would schedule an event with young people to give me a boost. Kids give me energy. They get me out of my own head and remind me about the things that are most important…”

HER ADVICE TO WOMEN ON BALANCING IT ALL: “When I was raising young children, I learned to lean on a group of my friends in Chicago, women who, like me, had jobs and partners and children who kept them moving every minute. We’d help one another in very concrete ways, like picking up each other’s kids for dance lessons or a birthday party or anything else that came up…Of course, we leaned on our husbands as well…But for me, there was something special—something vital, even—about sharing this experience with other women who were going through the same kinds of stresses and challenges that I was…”

ON WHAT’S NEXT FOR HER: “Since we left the White House, I’ve spend most of my time focusing on finishing this book. The book tour will keep me busy for a while, and then I’ll take some time to evaluate what’s next. I’m in no hurry. What I know is that public service is in my DNA, so I’m planning to find ways to keep being useful…I see myself always staying involved in efforts like that…”

More power her!

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  1. IG @mixedboy November 15, 2018

    Such a classy women. I just love her. ?

  2. i hate whyyte and blacck bitchess both noth sht November 15, 2018

    she kept obama smiling hunny, yes hunny, we love michelle, she tried to get american kids to get more fit…i dont think it worked the kids are still fat as ever… why do you americans over eat like that…anyway…chelly

  3. Bam November 15, 2018

    They wrong for that cover…

    • Ha November 15, 2018

      Lmaoooo I thought the same thing. She looks like she just got a quarter pounder meal and they gave her a free upgrade to a large size, no cost.

      Lovely excerpt though 🙂 how I miss them … 🙁

  4. Mr RCW November 15, 2018

    I’m sure she didn’t approve that cover photo ??‍♂️??‍♂️

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