Michelle Obama's memoir (last term): The President's family at the White House

Michelle Obama's memoir (last term): The President's family at the White House


Many people ask what it feels like to live in the White House. Sometimes I say it is a bit like what I imagine about living in a luxury hotel, except that the hotel has no other guests but only me and my family.

Fresh flowers are displayed everywhere and are replaced almost every day. The building itself feels old and slightly scary. The walls are too thick and the floorboards are so hard that the noise is sucked away very quickly. The windows are very big, high and equipped with anti-bomb glass, always closed for security reasons, thus making the air more still. This place is kept clean without a dust. The staff here include receptionists, chefs, butlers, flower arrangers and electricians, painters, plumbers, people who come and go very politely and quietly, doing their best to not paying attention, they wait until you have left the new room to change into a towel or place a fresh vase in a tiny flower pot next to the bed.
Covering Michelle Obama's memoirs in Vietnamese, released in late July.
Covering Michelle Obama's memoirs in Vietnamese, released in late July.
All rooms are large. Even the bathroom and wardrobe are wider than imagined. Barack and I were amazed at the amount of furniture we had to remove to make each room seem closer. Our bedroom not only has a king-sized bed - a beautiful frame bed with barley-covered ceilings - but also a fireplace and a seating area for guests, where a couch, tea table and a some chairs with fabric. There are five baths for the five of us, ten more bathrooms attached. I not only have a wardrobe but also a dressing room - the room at which Laura Bush showed me the view of the Rose Garden. Later, this room became my own office, where I could quietly read, work, or watch TV in my T-shirt outfit.
I understand how lucky we are to have such a life. The main family room of the presidential family was larger than the entire upper floor apartment that my family used to live in when I was young at Euclid Avenue. There is a picture of Monet hanging outside my bedroom door and a bronze statue of Degas in the dining room. I was a kid growing up in the South Side, and now I am raising two daughters in rooms designed by a high-end interior designer and can ask a cook to make breakfast. my reviews.
Sometimes I think about those things, and it makes me a little dizzy.
In my own way, I seek to soften the rules of this place. I made it clear to the room attendant that my daughter would clean the bed every morning, as they did in Chicago. I also told Malia and Sasha to behave like before - polite and grateful, not asking for anything or asking for anything except necessary or impossible ones themselves.
But one thing is also important to me, that our daughter feels unconstrained by some inherent rules of this place. Yes, you can throw the ball in the hallway, I tell them. Yes, you can search the kitchen cupboard for snacks. I made sure they knew I didn't need to ask anyone for permission to go out and play. One afternoon, in the midst of a snowstorm, I was happy to look out the window and see the two of them skiing in the South Lawn with plastic trays that the kitchen staff had lent to make skis.
In fact, in all of this, the two children and I are just supporting roles, who are enjoying the luxury that Barack has for us - we are important because of our happiness. with his happiness; We are protected for one reason, that is, if our safety is not guaranteed, then he cannot concentrate on thinking and driving this country.
The White House operates for the sake of publicity to optimize the safety, efficiency and common power of a person - and that person is the president. Barack is now surrounded by people whose mission is to treat him like a jewel. Sometimes this makes me feel like returning to some old age, when a family only revolves around the needs of men, and this is contrary to what I want my children to see. is common sense. Barack himself wasn't comfortable with all the attention given to him, but he couldn't do anything about it.
Now he has about fifty employees reading and replying to mail. He has a helicopter pilot team of the Marines who are always ready to take him wherever he needs, a group of six people who arrange brief books so he can keep up with the problems. going on and making decisions that are fully considered. He has a team of chefs who take care of nutrition, a group of grocery shopping staff to keep us safe from any food poisoning behavior, by quietly shopping at many different shops that never reveal to people who they work for.
Ever since I knew Barack, I knew he had never felt interested in shopping, cooking, or maintaining homes in any way. He was not the type of person who had the basic tools in the basement or shook off the stress from his work by making an Italian dish or cutting a fence. For him, to get rid of all the responsibilities and worries related to the house completely made him happy, just because it could free his mind, help him think of big problems. Slap, but you have so many problems.
Khoi is most funny to me, now that he has three servants who look after his wardrobe, making sure his shoes are always shiny, his shirt is flat, his clothes are clean. will and fold neatly. The life in the White House is very different from the life in his "drive".
"Do you think you're neat now?" Barack told me one day, when we were eating breakfast together, his eyes were happy. "Have you looked at your wardrobe?"
"Yes," I smiled back at him. "And you have absolutely no merit in that."
Mrs. Obama Obama with her husband - US President Barack Obama, when he is in office - at the White House in 2015.
Michelle Obama is with her husband - US President Barack Obama, when he is in office - at the White House. Photo taken on March 27, 2015. Photo: White House. 
During his first month in office, Barack signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Law to help protect workers from wage discrimination because of factors such as gender, race or age. He demanded the end of the use of torture during the interrogation process and began an attempt (eventually unsuccessful) to close the prison in Guantánamo Bay within a year. He reviewed the moral code of interaction between the White House staff and the lobbyists, and most importantly, he pushed Congress to pass a law of economic stimulus, even without it. a Republican representative in the House of Representatives supports. In my opinion, he seems to be doing something. The change he promised is becoming reality.
Another plus is that he was at dinner time.
For me and my two children, this was a welcome and unexpected change from living in the White House with the president of the United States, instead of living in Chicago with some distant Senate father and often absent. home to go campaigning for a higher position. We finally got in touch with a real father. His life is now more formal. He worked hard, as it used to be, but at half past six in the evening, he would go to the elevator and go upstairs  to have a family meal, even if he would often have to go back to the Oval Office.
My mother sometimes dined with us, even though she had a habit of living on her own, it was downstairs to greet the whole family before bringing Malia and Sasha to school but then decided not to be with us at the meeting. I will have dinner at the sunny room next to her bedroom while watching Jeopardy !. Even if we asked her to stay, she would often refuse. "You all need your own time," she said.
In the first months of the White House, I felt I needed to keep an eye on everything. One of my first lessons is that life here can be quite expensive. Although we do not have to pay the rent, the utilities and salaries are all paid by budget, we still have to cover all living expenses that seem to increase very quickly, especially when everything has luxury quality.
We receive invoices listing the monthly costs for each dish and each roll of toilet paper used. We pay each guest overnight or have a meal with us. And with a team of qualified Michelin chefs eager to please the president, I was forced to keep an eye on the dishes cooked. When Barack casually said he liked some strange fruit for breakfast or a sushi dinner, the kitchen staff noticed and regularly showed them on the menu. Only later, when we checked the bill, did we realize that some of the items on that list were shipped directly from abroad only to serve the president, with the price "in heaven".
However, most of my interest in the first months of the White House is for Malia and Sasha. I monitor their moods, ask their emotions and their interactions with other children. I tried not to overreact whenever I heard them and added friends, although I was happy to open the flag. Now I understand that there is no way to comfortably schedule entertainment in the White House or organize trips for the children, but gradually we have found a way.
Period one  two  three  four and five terms . End of excerpt. 

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