When asked what she misses most about ordinary life outside of the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama gave a very frank answer.
"I don't even know where my wallet is right now," she told Extra during a recent trip to Qatar to talk about her “Let Girls Learn” program, which promotes education for girls around the world.
“It’s the little things, going into a grocery store and picking my own apple and checking it out and reaching into my wallet and pulling out my wallet," she said. "I don’t even know where my wallet is right now. I don’t think I’ve seen it all day. I’m just trying to keep my regular life mojo up.”
Obama has previously lamented that she misses a lot of ordinary things that she is not allowed to do under Secret Service protection. In September, when comedian Stephen Colbert asked her what she looks forward to doing after she leaves the White House, she had a pretty simple response.
"I want to do little things like, you know, open a window," she said.
In the Extra interview, which will air Wednesday, she also looked back on how "surreal" it was when the Obama family first moved into the White House and how it took a while for them to get accustomed to their new lives and let it all sink in.
"One minute you’re standing next to your spouse taking the oath, and then you’re in the White House and your head is spinning and you don’t know where your shoes are and you don’t know what door is the bathroom," she recalled. "We were doing that while trying to get the kids started in school and making sure they were getting the homework down, so it really took a couple of months even to breathe deeply and realize, my god, we’re in the White House."
As her husband's presidency comes to a close, Obama stressed that being in the White House has "been a gift for me and my family," she said. "It’s been an honor to serve."
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