Outgoing First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, is the cover star for the December 2016 issue of Vogue.
Posing for pictures for iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz, Michelle spoke about what it meant being a First Lady, and spending 8 years in the White House.
“Everything we do is by choice,” she says of her role as first lady. “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 décor. 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.”
Husband Barack was present at the interview, and claimed he knew Michelle was always going to be an incredible First Lady.
“Michelle never asked to be first lady,” Barack tells Vogue. “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.”
“That’s because who you see is who she is — the brilliant, funny, generous woman who, for whatever reason, agreed to marry me,” he continues. “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.”
“I will take the same approach leaving as I did coming in,” she added about life after leaving her position. “I won’t know until I’m there. I’ve never been the former first lady of the United States before. But I will always be engaged in some way in public service and public life.”
“The minute I left my corporate-law firm to work for the city, I never looked back,” she continues. “I’ve always felt very alive using my gifts and talents to help other people. I sleep better at night. I’m happier. So we’ll look back at the issues that I’ve been working on. The question is: How do I engage in those issues from a new platform?”
“I can’t say right now,” she adds, “because we can’t spend that much time really doing the hard work of vetting offers or ideas or options because we’re still closing things out here. We’re still in full implement mode. Don’t feel like anyone’s letting me slow down.”