Gearing up for the end up his presidency, President Barack Obama and wife, First Lady Michelle Obama are the October 2016 cover stars of Essence magazine. The couple looked beautiful in love posing together on the cover and you can also catch Michelle on the InStyle October 2016 cover. Continue below to see read some excerpts from their interview. For more on the POTUS & FLOTUS feature, visit Essence.com and pick up a copy on newsstand on September 9th.
…I can unequivocally say that America is better off now than we were when we came into office. By almost every economic measure, we’re better off. But having said that, we still have a lot of work to do.
President Obama on the memories:
The memories that last ultimately aren’t the family memories. Some of my fondest memories of the White House are just being with the girls on a summer night and walking the dogs around the South Lawn, talking and listening to them, trying to get Bo to move because sometimes it’s hot.
First Lady Michelle Obama:
I think when it comes to Black kids, it means something for them to have spent most of their life seeing the family in the White House look like them. It matters. All the future work that Barack talked about, I think over these last few years, we’ve kind of knocked the ceiling of limitation off the roofs of many young kids; imaginations of what’s possible for them. And as a mother, I wouldn’t underestimate how important that is, having that vision that you can really do anything—not because somebody told you, but because you’ve seen and experienced it. I think that will be a lasting impact on our kids.
Credit: Essence Magazine