President Obama's surprising Michelle revelation: 'She never embraced the spotlight'

President Obama's surprising Michelle revelation: 'She never embraced the spotlight'

Michelle Obama will celebrate her birthday just days before a new president and first lady take the White House.

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama has exhibited style, grace and compassion in a highly visible, highly scrutinized position that, as President Barack Obama aptly said in his farewell address from Chicago, she didn't ask for.

"Whenever I think about Michelle Obama, I think, 'When I grow up, I want to be just like her.' I want to be that intelligent, confident and comfortable in my own skin".

Over the past eight years, Michelle Obama - a former attorney with degrees from Princeton and Harvard universities - has dealt with a lot of cheap (and often mean) shots lobbed in her direction. We'll have to see whether she takes up that role again in the coming years.

But he added that it would be "bitter sweet" to leave the White House's enormous team including - maids, butlers, groundskeepers and chefs- behind. What they did not know was that Michelle Obama was watching them as they relayed their heartfelt messages in front of her portrait and she was also hiding behind the curtain along with the show's host to surprise them.

On the topic of race, she was really in many ways a contrast to the sometimes contrived objectivity of her husband.

She inspired Americans to be more caring and respectful toward one-another, as she never treated anyone with less than the utmost respect.

The significance of Michelle Obama is that she stepped front and centre on arguably the biggest stage of all, and did so with goal - setting the pace and controlling her own branding and narrative. "I think that she'll eventually feel pressured to move to Washington". "The girls, obviously, you know, they are now of an age in which the constraints of Secret Service and bubbles and all that stuff has gotten pretty old".

I get that. Michelle Obama and I have a lot in common except for chiseled arms, a commitment to eating healthy foods, unflappable demeanor, giant intellect and emotional maturity. Could any other first lady out "Mom Dance" Jimmy Fallon or beat Ellen DeGeneres hands-down in a push-up contest?

President Obama told Kroft in the interview that even though his wife believed he was the kind of person the country needed as a president, she wished that it wasn't during a time she was married to him.

My choice, however, would be the effect she's had and will continue to have on black women and girls like my niece. "If you or your parents are immigrants, know that you are part of a proud American tradition - the infusion of new cultures, talents and ideas, generation after generation, that has made us the greatest country on earth".

Yes, the day the Obamas leave the White House is nearly here, and many of us will probably tear up when it finally happens. "People thought a girl shouldn't have ambition, and they would ask my brother what career he planned to have but would ask me what kind of man I wanted to marry", Obama said in the speech.

"You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody". It's obvious to everyone that Mrs. Obama's Let's Move initiative to get people exercising and eating healthy sprang from a honest concern for the welfare of the people of the United States of America.