Michelle Obama Humps "O" Magazine

The people’s First Lady – Michelle Obama graces the cover and pages of O: The Oprah Magazine making Obama the first to share the cover with Oprah since it launched 9 years ago. O: The Oprah Magazine arrives in subscribers’ mailbox this weekend and hits newsstands on Tuesday, March 17.


O, The Oprah Magazine / Associated Press

In an Oprah Winfrey release statement, Say what you will about books — people do judge a magazine by its cover, which is why it’s important to me to keep the cover of this one looking fresh. And right now nothing – and I mean nothing – is fresher than the family that moved into the White House in January, sparking a national spirit of renewal the likes of which I’ve never seen. And here excerpts from Michelle Obama interview –

On First Lady Obama’s 1st weekend @ the White House after the inauguration: Well, we still had family here, so it was almost like a wedding. A huge, very complicated wedding. The last visitors didn’t leave until Sunday. And then the first Monday was kind of weird. You know: Now we live here, and Barack is getting up and going to work, and it’s just us. This is our home now.

On Michelle’s decorating philosophy: It will reflect our family. I want comfortable sofas, I want art that reflects contemporary and traditional, I want to bring in new American artisans, and you’ve got to be able to make a fort with the sofa pillows! Everything must be fort-worthy.

On Mrs. Obama’s vision for the White House: It’s a beautiful home. When you go out and come back, especially at night, with all the white lights on–it’s just beautiful. We feel privileged, and we feel a responsibility to make it feel like the people’s house. We have the good fortune of being able to sleep here, but this house belongs to America.

On what Michelle knows for sure: I know that all I can do is be the best me that I can. And live life with some gusto. Giving back is a big part of that. How am I going to share this experience with the American people? I’m always thinking about that.

On keeping up with the First Family’s friends: That’s the thing about being the First Lady: You try to catch your friends up on what’s happening in your life, and they’re like, ‘We know – we read it in the paper’.

On how the first daughters – Malia & Sasha – now know dad’s home: Once someone on my staff e-mailed to tell me that the president was on his way. But you could already hear the helicopter, so it was like, well, no kidding. The girls don’t move. I’m like, ‘You want to see Daddy landing in the helicopter?’ ‘No, that’s okay. We already saw it.’
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