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Michelle Obama Laments, Lightly, Life at the White House

Michelle Obama Laments, Lightly, Life at the White House
The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. (Nikki Boertman/The Commercial Appeal/Landov)

By    |   Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:36 AM

Just six years after taking up residence in the White House, Michelle Obama appears ready to pack up and move out.

At a recent appearance visiting seriously ill children and their parents at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee, she surprised the kids in a 26-minute question-and-answer session by saying, "Sometimes living in the White House and being married to the President and trying to live a life like that, it can be hard," the Weekly Standard reported.

She quickly added, "But when I meet you guys, I am so inspired, which is one of the reasons why I like to come and spend time with you guys.

"You all are smart, and you’re focused, and you’re just so courageous. And it's just fun to be able … I could be here all day with you, if you haven’t noticed."

She does savor some things about her role as first lady, saying the best part "is being able to do stuff like this, really. And it is so special for me to get to meet kids like you guys," the Weekly Standard wrote.

"So this is a cool part. But living in the White House, actually living in the White House, what’s the best part? The best part is I like the South Lawn. I like the Truman Balcony.

"That’s one of my favorite places to be, because we can be outside and you can look over the fountain and you see the Washington Memorial, and it’s a really pretty view. And it’s peaceful."

Her comments echoed recent statements by former first lady Laura Bush, who said of life after the White House, following an appearance with Mrs. Obama at the Kennedy Center, "Mrs. Obama, I could tell, was thinking about what it would be like for her, and I remember when I first came home I said, 'I didn’t realize I was under so much stress when I lived at the White House.'

"I remember those first few weeks at home I would get in bed at night and think, 'Oh, now what do I have to do tomorrow?' And then I would take this deep breath and think — 'I don’t have to do anything tomorrow.'

"It was sort of nice, but it’s still great to be able to work on the issues that were important to us, and we’ll do that for the rest of our lives," she told The Washington Post.

Mrs. Obama was invited to St. Jude's by Marlo Thomas, daughter of comedian Danny Thomas, who was the founder of St. Jude's.

After an hour and a half delay because of mechanical problems with her airplane, Ms. Obama finally arrived and fielded a flurry questions from the kids, such as her favorite place she has visited — "That’s hard. I enjoyed meeting the Pope, visiting the Vatican" — and her favorite musician — "Everybody on the planet probably knows that Stevie Wonder is my favorite artist."

Asked about her favorite sports teams, she replied diplomatically, "I love all of the Chicago teams."

WREG reported that Mrs. Obama sat in on a therapy session with the children and visited some kids in their rooms before heading for the question-and-answer meeting. 

Afterward, when one of the children asked if they could take "selfies" with her, she said, "I don't like 'selfies,' but I'm going to do 'selfies' for you guys," and posed for photos with the kids, the Daily Reporter of Greenfield, Indiana, wrote.

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Michelle Obama, in a visit with ill children at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, says that living in the White House, sometimes, "can be hard."
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Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:36 AM
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