In a riveting White House interview in the September/October issue of AARP magazine, First Lady Michelle Obama and vice-presidential spouse Jill Biden open up about discovering alongside the rest of the world that the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks was dead, being role models and most importantly, supporting American military families.
On explaining the Osama bin Laden mission to her children: “I think kids instinctively feel the ambivalence – is this good or is this bad? And then you have to explain in a way that says it’s not good, but it’s good. The older kids, I think, get it. It’s a convoluted set of concepts. But I think they understand when it’s placed in context.”
On being a role model for African-American girls: “We did an event for military kids, and there were a lot of African-American young girls out there – little black girls who were just proud because they see themselves in somebody who they think is great. You can see it in their eyes. You can see it with the hugs and the way they hold on so tight. It matters. So I do embrace it.”
On doing the Dougie at a Let’s Move! event: “I’ve got little kids. They are always trying something. And I happen to be very good at dance-mimicking [Laughs]. For some reason, if I watch somebody do a move for a while, and it’s not too hard or complicated or requires me to throw my leg over my head and flip, I can sort of figure it out.”
Continue reading the interview with Michelle and Jill at AARP…