The first lady talks to Parade magazine about turning 50 and how having a Black family in the White House has changed the nation.
(Photo: Courtesy of Parade Magazine August 2013)
Now that the nation has elected and re-elected an African-American president, will a woman be the next major milestone? First Lady Michelle Obama in the upcoming issue of Parade expresses confidence that there will be a woman president in her lifetime — just don't expect that person to be her.
"I think the country is ready for it. It's just a question of who's the best person out there," Obama said, adding that she will not ever run.
"I give them as long a leash as they can handle. What I tell my kids is, I'm preparing you for college and for life. So, having independence, knowing how to set your own boundaries, figuring out how to make that balance," she told the magazine.
As her children grow older and she prepares to turn 50 in January, Obama says she's never felt more confident or clear on who she is as a woman. That's due in part to the fact that she is also very contentious about her health, including making sure to eat right and get enough exercise.
"I want to be this really fly 80-, 90-year-old," she said.
Obama also talked about how having an African-American family in the White House has "moved the needle," helping Americans develop a more evolved and open-minded perspective about each other.
"Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States," she said. "That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender. It expands the scope of opportunity in their minds. And that's where change happens."
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