First Lady Opens Up About Leaving White House: ‘It’s Enough’

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Michelle Obama said “two terms, eight years” is long enough when she opened up about her final days in the White House.

The first lady admitted in an interview with Vogue magazine that she has been getting emotional about how her time as “mother in chief” is coming to an end.” “But on the flip side . . . it’s time.” (RELATED: What Melania Trump Wore During Her First Trip To The White House As First Lady-Elect)

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) speaks to middle school, high school and college students as singer Yolanda Adams (L) listens during an event at the State Dining Room of the White House October 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. The event is part of the ongoing series of The GRAMMY Museum musical workshops. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“You know, there are little . . . moments,” Obama said. “Even today I was looking out at this view here. Looking out on the South Lawn and the Washington Monument and it had just rained and the grass was really green and everything popped a little bit more. It’s soooo beautiful. And for that moment I thought, I’m going to miss waking up to this, having access to this anytime I want.” (RELATED: Michelle Obama Says She Can’t Wait Until She’s ‘Not Responsible For Every Headline’)

“I think our democracy has it exactly right: two terms, eight years,” she added. “It’s enough. Because it’s important to have one foot in reality when you have access to this kind of power. The nature of living in the White House is isolating.”

“And I think Barack and I–because we’re kind of stubborn–we’ve maintained some normalcy, mostly because of the age of our kids,” she continued. “I go out to dinner with my girlfriends; I go to Sasha’s games; Barack has coached a little basketball with Sasha’s team. But at the same time, when you can’t walk into CVS? When you’re not engaged in the day-to-day struggles that everybody feels, you slowly start losing touch. And I think it’s important for the people in the White House to have a finger on the pulse.”

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait for the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Mrs. Agnese Landini, for a state dinner at the White House, October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama is hosting the last state visit of his presidency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The first lady also admitted she didn’t watch any of the debates.

“I can’t,” Obama said. “That’s part of staying hopeful and positive–be able to go high. . . . Sometimes that means just not engaging. And that’s not just with these debates. If I didn’t have to be at my husband’s debates, I wouldn’t have watched those, either.”

Katie Jerkovich

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