The White House has bestowed a surprisingly calming influence on the First Family, according to Michelle Obama – who says the residence has been a particularly positive experience for daughters Malia 10, and Sasha, 7.
When it comes to living in the Executive Mansion, the First Lady tells Time magazine for its latest issue, on sale Friday, “It has been the greatest single benefit of this for us as a family. It means that we see each other every day. And that hasn’t happened for most of the kids’ lifetime.”
As the wife of Illinois’s junior senator, Mrs. Obama was once asked if she would consider a move to Washington, D.C. “I was like, no,” she remembers. Now, she’s enjoying having the man of the house at home.
Still, it is the White House. On maintaining their perspective and keeping the family intact, Mrs. Obama says, “We stay 100 percent in their world all the time. And I don’t know if you understand that, but their lives are very disconnected from this [place]. You can do that with kids when they are young, because they just don’t care.”
He also takes work breaks for what he terms “Michelle time,” when retreats from his office to the residence. Every now and then, his wife shows up in the West Wing with family dog Bo or the kids for what the magazine calls “a brief but lively interruption.”
Even though he’s the President of the United States of America,Barack knows he needs to keep his “Michelle” time going or else.