Michelle Obama is on the December cover of Vogue Magazine — her third time over her eight year period as the First Lady.
The title of the cover story: “The First Lady the World Fell in Love With.” How fitting.
Looking stunning in photos shot by Annie Leibovitz, the photos and cover dropped just in time — as almost half the country is struggling with the election of Donald Trump, and the uptick of hate crimes that have come with it.
In the story, she talks about how it is time to leave the White House after eight solid years.
“You know, there are little…moments,” she said. “Even today I was looking out at this view here. Looking out on the South Lawn and the Washington Monument and it had just rained and the grass was really green and everything popped a little bit more. It’s soooo beautiful. And for that moment I thought, I’m going to miss waking up to this, having access to this anytime I want.
“But on the flip side…it’s time. I think our democracy has it exactly right: two terms, eight years. It’s enough. Because it’s important to have one foot in reality when you have access to this kind of power.”
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As for our President’s thoughts of Michelle’s great job as First Lady, he didn’t expect anything less from her.
“Michelle never asked to be First Lady,” Obama said. “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 he job.
“That’s because who you see is who she is— the brilliant, funny, generous woman who, for whatever reason, agreed to marry me. 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.”
We are totally going to miss these two. Check out the full spread, here.