November 7, 2012 |
When her father's second term as president is up, Malia Obama will be 18 years old and entering into adulthood. She and her younger sister, Sasha, will have spent their formative years in the White House, a place that their parents have attempted to shape into something resembling a normal home. Over the past four years, Barack and Michelle Obama — though jetting around the country and world — have put an emphasis on being home for family dinner at 6:30 p.m. most days.
April 17, 2013 |
When Michelle Obama slipped recently and described herself as a "busy single mother," I — and thousands of other women — nodded in knowing agreement. When you have a husband who travels extensively and who, even when home, works extremely long days, it is very easy to feel as if you are a single mother. My husband traveled to cover the Olympics in 2002 in Salt Lake City and in 2004 in Athens. Each time, for the three weeks he was away, I felt very much like a single mother.
February 17, 2013 |
Dolley made her mark as the quintessential hostess. Eleanor broke new ground by tackling liberal causes. Lady Bird, we learned, was a quiet but effective counselor to her husband. And what of Michelle — what will be her legacy? Unlike the dozens of first ladies whose names and stories have been forgotten through the ages (ever had a dinner conversation about Anna Harrison or Jane Pierce?) the nation's first African American first lady will surely be remembered in history books...
June 18, 2011
Obama family trip to Africa First lady Michelle Obama is traveling June 21-25 in South Africa and Botswana with her daughters, Malia and Sasha, her mother, Marian Robinson, and her niece and nephew, Leslie and Avery Robinson. To see reporter Krissah Thompson's live blog of the trip, go to http://wapo.st/flotusinafrica . Some details of the trip: June 21 : Meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma's wife Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma in Pretoria; visit to the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the...
February 26, 2013 |
If second-term presidents feel liberated by reelection to pursue bolder agendas, first ladies often become more comfortable to be their own person. Witness Laura Bush , who in her husband's second term discovered that she, too, had a voice and a bully pulpit. Seemingly overnight, she transformed herself from librarian to liberator, becoming a voice for oppressed women — from advocating for Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi , the democratic leader then under house arrest, to spearheading a women's health movement across the Middle East.
June 4, 2013 |
Michelle Obama experienced a rare face-to-face encounter with a protester late Tuesday — approaching the activist and threatening to leave a fundraiser if the person did not stop interrupting her speech. Obama was addressing a Democratic Party fundraiser in a private home in the Kalorama neighborhood of Northwest Washington when Ellen Sturtz, 56, a lesbian activist, interrupted her remarks to demand that President Obama sign an anti-discrimination executive order. The first lady showed her displeasure — pausing to...