Queen of the DayMichelle Obama: Young Women Can "Have the Power"Parry Ernsberger

Michelle Obama

Since her husband was re-elected last November, Michelle Obama has finally been able to mitigate the pressures of short-term family planning for the first time in more than five years. Now that all the “what ifs” have been locked in, America’s most famous mom has “a little more room to breathe,” and a lot more issues to take on for America in Obama’s second term.

If she ever decided to run, Mobama would no doubt be the babeliest president to ever grace the Oval Office (hello, arms). Sadly, that’s not really on her agenda, according to a recent interview — but the First Lady does think that the country is ready for its first female president.

“It’s just a question of who’s the best person out there,” she says. “That’s why I hope more young women start looking at opportunities to put themselves in that position, so they have the power. But it takes planning and sacrifice. It’s always harder for women, because we have kids and we’re in that constant [planning fatigue] … But I think we’re starting to figure out how to make it all work.”

And if anybody knows anything about making it work (aside from Tim Gunn), it’s Michelle Obama. In addition to her Let’s Move! anti-childhood obesity platform, the First Lady has ushered in new school lunch standards, military family benefits and is currently focusing on education empowerment.

“I really want to try to get into kids’ heads the idea that, in America, education is the key to success. [Education is] why I’m here,” she says. “It’s why Barack Obama is president of the United States. It’s not fate; it’s not luck; it’s not pedigree. It’s hard work. Just like what you put in your mouth and how you move your body—I want kids to feel empowered that they have the choice and the responsibility to make good decisions about their education.”

Of course, education doesn’t end in the classroom, and Michelle recognizes that she’s still got some learning to do herself — even as she approaches her 50th birthday this January.

“What you learn [growing older] is that each decade brings a new set of challenges but also a new set of possibilities. I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman. But I am constantly thinking about my own health and making sure that I’m eating right and getting exercise and watching the aches and pains. I want to be this really fly 80-, 90-year-old.”

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