Michelle Obama Talks Selfies, Snapchat and What She Wants Most for Her Post White House Life

Michelle Obama, InStyle


October is a big month for the Obamas.

Michelle Obama is gracing the October issue of InStyle and both she and Barack Obama are featured on next month’sEssence magazine cover.

The First Lady opened up the fashion publication about all things social media as well as what she’s expecting for live outside of the White House in just a few short months.

When asked about Snapchat, the newest social media platform she’s joined, she admitted, “I’m still learning it. I’m fortunate enough to have a team of young people, because they get it. People on social media want to have fun.”

FLOTUS also shared that she doesn’t pay too much mind to the latest trends, social media or otherwise.

“I tend to not worry about the trends, because what works for an 18-year-old selfie queen may not for a 52-year-old First Lady who is a mom of teenagers she’s trying to be a good role model for.”

President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Essence


And Obama also shared her dreams for this coming end of January, when she and her family move out of the White House after Barack’s eight years as President of the United States.

“Well, the honest answer is I have no idea, just like I had no idea what my life would be like living in the White House. My hopes are that we recapture some everydayness, some anonymity. And we know that will take some time. But I always joke that I dream of opening up my front door and walking out without any notification, without any security,” she told InStyle.

“But at the same time, there are many aspects to living in the White House that we’ll miss—the folks who work here, the staff who takes care of our families, my team who works on these issues. I mean, these are the people we see every day. They’ve cared for us for eight years. My children’s formative years have been in this house. But we’re young. Barack and I still want to do great work.”

Meanwhile, Barack opened up to Essence about the most notable thing he feels he’s done since taking office. “For me, things like My Brother’s Keeper…that’s something I’m confident we’ll be continuing after we leave.”