GOODBYES are never easy and the Obama family has a difficult one coming up, as they prepare to bid farewell to the White House after eight years at home there.
“I’m sure the girls will have a tough time,” Michelle Obama said – revealing her worries for her teenage daughters, Malia and Sasha – as she co-hosted an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “They think they’re ready, but when you’ve grown up in a place… I mean, they won’t be able to knock on a door and say, ‘Can I see my room?’ That’s not gonna happen,” she added, imagining a future occasion when they might return to their former home as guests.
Going on to discuss what they will miss the most after they vacate it in January, when Barack leaves office, the first lady is clear on what has made the White House home for her family.
“It’s really the people,” she disclosed, “Think about it. The girls have grown up in the White House. I mean, the staff there – we see them every day. These are people who have helped us raise our kids. They’ve loved us. They’ve taken care of us. The minute we leave, that’s it.”
“We’re trying to have them step back and really appreciate the walk on the South Lawn, sitting on the Truman Balcony,” Obama said of how she and her husband are encouraging their daughters to spend their final months there. “I mean, we just want to keep creating some memories for them as well.”
The period of transition will at least be gradual though – the Obamas have previously revealed that they will stay in Washington DC whilst 15-year-old Sasha finishes school and that 18-year-old Malia will have a gap year before she starts at Harvard University next autumn.
“I’m proud of them, they’ve really managed this so well,” their mother concluded. “I mean, I just love them to death and the big thing I’ve always worried about was making sure that they got out of this whole. I’m just proud that they are poised, smart, intelligent young women.”
Source : Vogue