Essence magazine’s May issue celebrates Mother’s Day with First Lady Michelle Obama and her White House live-in mother, Marian Robinson.
ADVANCING THE ROLE OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE: “We have to talk about flex hours and exercise and nutrition and health and what that means. And we have to talk about values, and about our relationships with men. All of those are part of the conversation that I think we need to have, not just in this country but around the world.”
COMBATING STEREOTYPICAL IMAGES OF BLACK WOMEN: “The women in videos and the stereotypes are just not the truth of who we are as a community. We already know that because we are living these lives every single day. It’s nice to have this reminder in the White House, but I would say we don’t need it…all you need to do is look around your own community and you will see this same family in churches and in schools.”
ADVICE ON RAISING CHILDREN: “The main thing that I think needs to be taught to children is the ability to think and make decisions. You don’t have to have a lot of information, but you have to know how to get through the process. If you make mistakes you don’t [just] decide I will never do that again.”
ENJOYING LIFE IN THE WHITE HOUSE: “…I really am. You want to know why? Because my children are good parents. It makes it very easy to be a grandmother when your children are good parents.”