First Lady  Michelle Obama graces fashion magazine “Vogue” for the third time and reflects on her eight years in the White House.

“I could have spent eight years doing anything, and at some level, it would have been fine, I could have focused on flowers. I could have focused on décor. I could have focused on entertainment. Because any first lady, rightfully, gets to define her role. There’s no legislative authority; you’re not elected. And that’s a wonderful gift of freedom.”

How she deals with stress

Music, she says, “is my best de-stresser in life. The times when Barack and I are at our most relaxed are when we invite some friends over who we have known forever. And you put a little music on top of that? Some good food? It renews your spirit to get back in the game.”

On what she’ll do next

“I will take the same approach leaving as I did coming in. I won’t know until I’m there. I’ve never been the former First Lady of the United States of America before. But I will always be engaged in some way in public service and public life

President Obama describes why people love and gravitate toward his wife

Who you see is who she is,” the president said. “The brilliant, funny, generous woman who, for whatever reason, agreed to marry me. I think people gravitate to her because they see themselves in her—a dedicated mom, a good friend, and someone who’s not afraid to poke a little fun at herself from time to time.”

Checkout December issue of Vogue to read more of what First Lady Michelle Obama had to say.

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