Obamas reveal White House family life to Vogue

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This cover image released by Vogue shows first lady Michelle Obama on the cover of the April 2013 issue of Vogue. The issue is available on newsstands on...
This cover image released by Vogue shows first lady Michelle Obama on the cover of the April 2013 issue of Vogue. The issue is available on newsstands on...
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First Lady Michelle Obama is making it clear that raising her daughters takes priority over socializing in the White House in the April issue of Vogue magazine.

“Our job is, first and foremost, to make sure our family is whole. You know, we have small kids; they’re growing every day. But I think we were both pretty straightforward when we said, ‘Our number-one priority is making sure that our family is whole,’” she said in the interview.

First Lady Michelle Obama graces the cover of April’s Vogue magazine for the second time and is the focus of a lengthy article that provides a snapshot of life inside the White House.

Obama insists her husband manages to stay up to date on his daughters’ lives despite his demanding job as leader of the free world.

“He’s doing it while still dealing with Syria and health care. He’s as up on every friend, every party, every relationship,” she said. “And if you’re out to dinner every night, you miss those moments where you can check-in and just figure them out when they’re ready to share with you.”

The article also offers insights into the Obama’s marriage and how Michelle supports her husband. Valerie Jarrett, the president’s longtime adviser and friend to Michelle, praised the strength of the first couple’s marriage.

“They had a very good marriage going in, but it strengthened it because, well, it’s tested it,” she tells Vogue. “He has had some really, really tough moments in the White House, and the fact that his partner in this journey has been so steadfastly in his corner and never wavered, it teaches you every day to appreciate what you have.”

She continued, “When you’ve had a really tough day and had to make the kinds of literally life-and-death decisions that he’s had to make in the Oval Office, to come home and know you’re safe and that your children are being well taken care of and you feel totally nurtured. . . . We joke about this: He goes home for dinner and no one’s interested in his day. They want to talk about their day. And that is such a relief. And she manages that for him.”

Read the article here, or check out the April issue of Vogue when it hits newsstands March 26.

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Obamas reveal White House family life to Vogue

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