Friday, March 15, 2013

Michelle Obama Covers Vogue


by Sarah

First lady Michelle Obama covers Vogue for the second time for the magazine's April issue.  In the interview, Barack Obama's lovely wife opens up about how both her and her husband put their family first, what she has learned over the past years as the first lady, and her hopes for every American family...or so you might expect when picking up the magazine.

While the cover and title of the article, "Leading by Example: First Lady Michelle Obama", suggest the focus is on Mrs. Obama, once you start reading, you notice that Jonathan Van Meter is chatting with Barack Obama for most of the time, not the just the first lady. I must point out that I found this is a little confusing and gives the impression that Vogue was after an interview with the president, not the first lady.

“Well, patience and calm I’m borrowing,” the first lady finally says amidst a rather dry conversation with the president, and occasionally Michelle, about how strong their marriage is. She’s been asked what she has learned over the course of Barack Obama’s run as president of the United States. “Or trying to mirror. I’ve learned that from my husband, that sort of, you know, ability to not get too high or too low with changes and bumps in the road . . . to do more breathing in and just going with it. I’m learning that every day. And to the extent that I’ve made changes in my life, it’s just sort of stepping back and seeing a change not as something to guard against but as a wonderful addition . . . that can make life fun and unexpected. Oftentimes, it’s the way we react to change that is the thing that determines the overall experience. So I’ve learned to let go and enjoy it and take it in and not take things too personally.”

The president goes on to flatter his wife before Jonathan Van Meter writes about how beautiful Barack Obama’s hands are. While I know Barack Obama is hero-worthy, I truly wasn’t prepared to find Vogue’s main cover story writer nestled into his asshole complete with a euphoric grin on his face. Michelle Obama, maybe, but not her husband. (I just want to point out that I did not expect to find this article in Vogue so amusing-- almost a satire of what an article should be-- but I did, and brightened up my whole day.

Finally, after a few more paragraphs, Michelle gives the most generic fashion advice to one of the world’s most stuffy fashion magazines, encouraging women to “just wear whatever makes them feel comfortable.”

“I always say that women should wear whatever makes them feel good about themselves. That’s what I always try to do. . . . I also believe that if you’re comfortable in your clothes it’s easy to connect with people and make them feel comfortable as well. In every interaction that I have with people, I always want to show them my most authentic self.”

Before you know it, Jonathan is ending the article with a first person account of how the president recognized him when he went back to the White House after his interview took place....  

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