The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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August 29, 2012

HIGHLIGHTS: PRESIDENT BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA INTERVIEW IN PARADE MAGAZINE

(Continued)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 — Mrs. Obama on the conversation about the “superwoman.” Can women have

it all?

MICHELLE OBAMA: I think that question limits us as women. I work with

a lot of young women—we have interns coming in and out, and this is

always one of the first questions they ask—and the thing I try to remind

them is that we have fought so hard for choice and options with our

lives, and we’re just getting to that point where we’re willing to

embrace all the different facets of womanhood. I know that when I came

out of college, what I wanted and what I thought I wanted were very

different things. Then I get married and have a career and, lo and

behold, now I’ve got kids. And how you feel about motherhood when your

children are small and when they’re teenagers, that’s going to change.

The Obamas on their “empty nest” after their daughters went to camp

this summer:

MO: What he said this morning is that life is less sparkly and

twinkly with them not around.

PO: It’s true. Our girls are quite expressive, and there’s nothing

I enjoy more than just sitting around the dinner table with them and

listening to all their ideas. I’ve got this incredible luxury, ’cause I

live above the store. So every night at 6:30, I can come up and have

dinner with them and get their perspective on what’s happening at school

and in their social lives but also on—

MO: On the world.

The Obamas addresses a PARADE reader who asked Mrs. Obama to share an

occasion when she was “absolutely furious” with her husband:

PO: Well, I think the hardest time in our marriage was when our kids

were really young. And that’s probably not unusual when you’ve got a

working—

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