Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mom-in-Chief Talks Parenting, Love, Marriage, Stevie Wonder, and Shares a Day in Her Life

First Lady Michelle Obama looks gorgeous again on the cover of People Magazine. By how you've likely heard about the fascination with her wonderfully toned bare arms, a topic that was in the news before during the Inauguration.

MSNBC's Brian Williams said that day that we haven't seen a First Lady who bares arms in a while. Recently at The New York Times, a writer noted "Michelle Obama Goes Sleeveless Again."

While I'd love tight, toned arms, I'm want to know how the Obamas are adjusting as a family to live in the White House. I've written before about people critical of Michelle Obama's parenting and how they feel she may be taking advantage of First Grandmama Robinson, and so, I'm more interested in what the First Lady told People about raising Malia and Sasha in the lap of luxury.
Their mother, Michelle Obama, has asked the White House staff not to do too much. "People want to make your life easy, and when you have small kids – I've explained this to the staff – they don't need their lives to be easy. They're kids," she says. (source)
This attitude is in keeping with what Mrs. Obama has been saying all along about her girls being her first priority. What she told People Magazine sound like what she told Barbara Walters in November.

In addition, here's video from CNN. Mrs. Obama opens up to show what a typical day is like in the White House for her family.


The First Lady also talks about her marriage to President Barack Obama to the magazine and that's discussed in the video above.

Last night she and the president welcomed singer Stevie Wonder to the White House. President Obama said, per CNN, that if he and the First Lady had not agreed on Stevie Wonder, they may not have ever been married (video link but also below). He said the singer was the soundtrack to his youth, and Wonder's "You and I" was their wedding song, said Mrs. Obama.

Listen to that old school tune here, Wonder's "You and I", very romantic with the message "We can conquer the world." President Obama and First Lady Michelle are giving America a taste of what black love can look like in the best light, but Mrs. Obama says they work hard at it and their marriage isn't perfect. Here are the lyrics:
You and I (We Can Conquer the World)
Lyrics by Stevie Wonder

Here we are on earth together,
It's you and I,
God has made us fall in love, it's true,
I've really found someone like you

Will it say the love you feel for me, will it say,
That you will be by my side
To see me through,
Until my life is through

Well, in my mind, we can conquer the world,
In love you and I, you and I, you and I

I am glad at least in my life I found someone
That may not be here forever to see me through,
But I found strength in you,
I only pray that I have shown you a brighter day,
Because that's all that I am living for, you see,
Don't worry what happens to me

Cause' in my mind, you will stay here always,
In love, you and I, you and I, you and I, you and I
In my mind we can conquer the world
In love, you and I, you and I, you and I
I've added this video of the President and First Lady honoring Stevie Wonder because I too am a Stevie Wonder fan and this is a cool story. Wonder also played a big role in Obama's campaign, giving him full support.


Tonight, Feb. 26, PBS will air Wonder's White House concert at 8 P.M. EST, Gershwin Prize.

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1 comment:

msladydeborah said...

I viewed a special on C-Span about the interior of the White House before the Obamas moved in. I really wondered how living in a confined space would affect them? Especially since the First Family has a staff to meet their every need. It is going to be interesting to see what impact their time there is going to have on their daughters.

I happen to like FL Obama's approach to their rearing in the WH. It is one that I believe will help to keep them grounded and secure.

btw, stop my blog. There's a message for you.