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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Michelle brings 'virtues of order' to White House

Peter Foster Washington DC

Published 16/03/2013 | 05:00

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Michelle Obama, pictured with US president Barack Obama, spoke to ‘Vogue’ about family, fashion and being the important organising force in her husband’s life

MICHELLE Obama has been revealed as the whirlwind organising force behind her husband, US president Barack Obama, training him to pick up his clothes, show up regularly to family dinners and updating his "disastrous" 20-year-old wardrobe.

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"What Michelle has done is to remind me every day of the virtues of order," Barack Obama told 'Vogue', sitting alongside his wife.

Mr Obama has been criticised for not socialising enough around Washington, but the couple said the "stresses and the pressures" of the White House had led them to prefer to spend free time with their daughters, Malia (14) and Sasha (11).

"Our job is, first and foremost, to make sure our family is whole. You know, we have small kids; they're growing every day," said Mrs Obama.

"Ninety per cent of our conversation is about these girls. What are they doing? And who's got what practice? And what birthday party is coming up? And did we get a gift for this person?" the First Lady said in excerpts from the April issue.

For the cover shot, taken by renowned 'Vogue' portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, Mrs Obama wore a dress made by Reed Krakoff.

"If you're comfortable in your clothes it's easy to connect with people and make them feel comfortable as well," she said of her fashion choices.

As for his own fashion issues, Mr Obama said he ceded authority to his wife.

"This is the man who still boasts about 'this khaki pair of pants I've had since I was 20'," said Mrs Obama.


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