As Election Day approaches, First Lady Michelle Obama is fully involved in her husband’s campaign – attending functions, headlining fundraisers and cheering him on all the way. At a recent roundtable interview, as reported by iVillage, she said, “I’m so proud of him and I make sure he knows it every single day.”
But what of the President’s other loyal supporters, daughters Sasha and Malia? The First Lady admits that they’re not quite as involved. “Malia had a dance this weekend, a big science test and Homecoming is coming up,” she says. “Those are the things that they’re really focused on and…they’re just not connected.”
Malia, 14, has started to ask her mom about her past work history as a vice president for community and external affairs for the University of Chicago Hospitals and “what did I think about that job versus [the First Lady] job.” But as far as their father’s re-election bid, “They don’t ask about the election…they don’t care,” says Mrs. Obama.
Before the first debate between the President and opponent Mitt Romney, the girls had to be coached on how to be attentive as they sat in the audience. “They don’t know how to exude and they’re not thinking about needing to exude, so Barack would just [say], ‘Just look like you’re listening.’ They’re like, ‘Okay, Dad, okay, we’ll do it for you.’”
The First Lady, on the other hand, confesses to feeling as squirmy and excited during the debate as the parents of Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman.
The First Daughters have charmed the country for the last four years as they’ve grown from childhood to the beginnings of adolescence. Malia is “a pretty serious student,” while middle-schooler Sasha “is much more academically laid back.” For Columbus Day, they hosted a “playdate” for First Dog Bo – a fun idea initiated by Sasha, who felt their pet didn’t get enough interaction with other pooches.
Mrs. Obama is keenly aware of the challenges her daughters face as the first White House children growing up in the world of cell phones and social media. With that in mind, she often reminds them to watch what they say and do online. “We just have to have real conversations even now, it’s you can’t go off on somebody, you can’t act bratty…you may be having a moment, but someone could use that moment and try to define you forever.”
As Malia and Sasha enter young adulthood, Mrs. Obama plans to support their personal goals all the way. “I always encourage them, think about your passions, think about your gifts, don’t think about what Dad does or what somebody else wants them to do,” she says. “And if it’s politics, if it’s serving in the military, if it’s being a stay-at-home mom, I just want them to have the confidence in whatever choice they’re making.”
For more from the First Lady’s roundtable interview, check out iVillage!
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]
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