While watching the loving family of Barack Obama on the stage of Grant Park, I wondered what lay ahead of their family. Her interviews with media shows her active mommy role. In a Newsweek interview, she hopes that ““…we do some of what we’ve been doing for the last year and a half. That we really treat our family life as separate as you can, that we keep the girls’ lives very set apart from this whole experience.”
The future first lady frequently adjusted her schedule during the presidential campaign so she could return to her home in Chicago at night to be with her daughters.
In the same interview, she hoped that her mom could come live with them. ““The girls are going to need her, as part of their sense of stability. And what is true for my mom is that she does anything for us and her grandkids. All they have to do is look at her with sad eyes and she’s done for.” I agree with my friend, Cathy that this is very similar to our Filipino trait. As Filipinos, we often want a caregiver or loving relative watch over our kids when we are away for a long period of time. I know Michele may have to be with her husband for Official dinners or visits. Some things can’t be helped just like all working mothers have business to attend to.
Michelle is like any loving mom. “My girls are the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think about when I go to bed,” she told a rally in Ohio last month, when she filled in for her husband as he visited his terminally ill grandmother in Hawaii.
While touring the White House with Laura Bush, I’m sure Michelle picked up advice from the First Lady. She cited her first priority in the White House will be her children — and she will probably scout out possible schools for daughters ten year old Malia and seven year old Sasha.
Valerie Jarrett, a close friend of the Obama family said on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday that Michelle Obama, often compared to former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, would try to carve out a traditional White House role.
The Future First Lady of the USA faces a daunting task as a mother to the youngest children living in the presidential mansion in a generation and wife to President-elect Obama. There is no guidebook for raising children at the White House but she can surely get advice from former first ladies.
She is not alone in raising their children. In fact, she recognizes that Barack Obama “… has to continue to make them a priority even as he’s the leader of the free world. I think that’s an important thing for him to model for others. It’s this notion that if he can do it, then we all have to really fight for it.”
I believe that like all loving mothers in the world, Michele Obama will rely on her maternal instinct and knowing what is best for her family.