First lady Michelle Obama speaks about a school exercise program February 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama unveiled a new initiative called 'Let's Move Active Schools' to help schools create a physical activity programs for students. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
by Arienne Thompson, USA TODAY
We all want to live as healthy and long a life as possible, but First Lady Michelle Obama also wants to look good doing it.
She spilled about her plans for longevity during an interview with Parade, where the subject of her around-the-corner 50th birthday (Jan. 17) came up.
"I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman," she says. "But I am constantly thinking about my own health and making sure that I'm eating right and getting exercise and watching the aches and pains. I want to be this really fly 80-, 90-year old."
She had plenty more to say about her famous bangs, a woman in the White House and those "single mom" comments from this spring.
So, where are the bangs?!: "You know, it's hard to make speeches with hair in your face!"
On the significance of a black First Family: "Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States. That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender. It expands the scope of opportunity in their minds. And that's where change happens."
High schooler Malia's college of choice is...: "You know, I am really trying to tone that way down. Because kids are under unreasonable pressure, and it can destroy a high school experience."
On referring to herself as a 'single mother' in April: "When you have a husband or a partner who's either traveling for work or has huge responsibility ... and I give my husband credit-he knows who their friends are, he knows what their schedule is. But he's not making the calls to the dance studio to figure out what classes they're taking next year ... I think it's important for both parents to shoulder that [responsibility]. I tell my kids, "I am thinking about you every other minute of my day."
Thoughts on a future female president: "Yes, I think the country is ready for it. It's just a question of who's the best person out there."