“I always touch people,” First Lady Michelle Obama said to Vogue, “because I know that there’s a level of anxiety, people are teary or they’re nervous, and I just try to physically hold them and bring them down and say: ‘We’re here. I’m just Michelle.’

I want them to be able to walk away from that moment feeling like it meant something to them. And if they’re too nervous, if it feels too . . . formal, people can’t breathe. So that’s what I try to do with my interactions: a hug, a touch. It’s like music. It’s like friendship.”

After the events of the past 8 years and the crazy turn our country has taken, one thing has remained constant: our admiration and love for First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama.

And in our hearts, that will never change.

FLOTUS recently took time out to meet with Jonathan Van Meter for an insightful interview; touching upon everything from how she chartered her own path toward making her position her own, to her initial thoughts about life after the White House.

You can check out the full article in the December 2016 issue of Vogue HERE, but in the meantime, let’s share a few of our favorite perspectives from our favorite Mom-in-Chief.

Photo credit: Annie Leibovitz for Vogue. 2016.
Photo credit: Annie Leibovitz for Vogue. 2016.

On Life After the White House:

“You know, there are little . . . moments. 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.”

On Doubt:

“For all of you sitting here, with those doubts in your head—because those whispers of doubt, they stay with you for a very long time—ignore them. . . . I still carry that with me today, as First Lady of the United States, because there are people who don’t think I should be doing that either.”

“For all of you sitting here, with those doubts in your head – ignore them.” – FLOTUS Michelle Obama

On Influence:

“…Maybe because I still have kids and I know that they’re influenced by people they look up to, but it makes us want to live right and do right and be right – Every. Single. Day – so that we don’t ever disappoint these kids and they have something to hold on to, and so that they know – as I say all the time – I can do this. You can do this.”

Check out the full article on Vogue.com, or purchase the December 2016 issue on Amazon or newsstands.

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