First Lady Michelle Obama and her mom Marian Robinson cover May 2009 Essence Magazine. Such a cute cover, i’m sure this will be a collectors item.
Read snippets from the interview and pictures when you read more;
Essence: Mrs. Robinson, what is the one thing that you have learned about your daughter through this process perhaps you didn’t know before?
Mrs. Robinson: Michelle has always been Michelle. And she has always accomplished whatever it was she out to accomplish. I have always looked up to Michelle because she has been able to do things that I couldn’t do emotionally, psychologically or physically. I think she is amazing.
Essence: Mrs. Obama, what does being First Lady Obama mean to you?
Mrs. Obama: It’s an honor and a privilege when you walk into the White House–at least I automatically felt a level of obligation. This is a big responsibility, a wonderful platform and I just want to make sure I take every advantage to serve as a role model, to provide good messages, to be a supportive mate to the President and to make sue that my girls are solid.
Essence: Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Obama, Essence readers tell us that they believe the sight of three generations of Black women living in the White House can have a transformational effect on the negative and stereotypical images of Black women beamed around the word via cable, music videos, and reality television. Do you believe his is true?
Mrs. Robinson: I believe (we make) a nice picture, but it’s not necessary. It was the tradition in most families where you had generations (living together), and most of it because economically it worked out better.
Mrs. Obama: For me (our image) is a reminder of what is already the reality. The women in videos and the stereotypes are just not the truth of who we are as a community. We already know that.because we are living these lives every single day. It’s nice to have this reminder in the White House, but I would say we dont need it. But sometimes in the Black community those stereotypes define us.. Sometimes we start internalizing something that is not even true.