I dunno. You ask me whom I’d want to be in a next life, I might choose a major historical figure, a great author or a wealthy philanthropist. Maybe I’d want to be a Kardashian or a Simpson, so I could see whether fame is all it’s cracked up to be. I might even choose to be one of my own kids. See how well they turned out – or how badly I screwed them up.
Or, if I had to choose a nonhuman form, I’d choose something like a majestic bald eagle, a graceful, fun-loving dolphin or a mighty gorilla bonding with its clan in the darkest jungle.
Not so Michelle Obama.
What would the First Lady want to be, if she were reincarnated? Barbara Walters puts the question to her in tonight’s 20/20. She doesn’t want to be her idol, Coretta Scott King. Nor a fashion designer, performer, spiritual leader or scientist. No, she’d like to come back as…Bo, the Obamas’ Portuguese water dog. “He’s got a great life,” Mrs. Obama tells Walters. “He’s got it good. Not a dog. But Bo.”
Could it be that our First Lady harbors a secret desire to don a leash and have her husband take her shopping for a rawhide bone? We’ll set that thought aside for the moment.
In the interview, the Obamas also affirm their commitment to family, which they say is their definition of “perfect happiness.” Asked what he’d change about himself if he could, the President says, “I deeply regret not having learned a musical instrument. And I regret not having focused more on Spanish when I was studying it in school. I would love to be able to speak Spanish fluently and play an instrument?
What about his esposa? She admits she’d like to be more patient. “I’m constantly working on just being patient with myself and not letting my expectations get ahead of what’s happening now.”
If she wants to come back in the next life as the First Dog, she’ll need that patience to sit and stay!
[Photo: Pacific Coast News]
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