THE RELEASE FROM "O" Magazine ...
For the first time in nine years, Oprah Winfrey shares the cover of her best-selling magazine with another big "O:" First Lady Michelle Obama. Inside, the pair talk about everything from the joys of White House pie to Obama's decorating philosophy and how she hopes to use "one of the best jobs in the world" to help women transform their lives. The April issue of O, The Oprah Magazine hits newsstands on March 17th. Oprah will discuss the interview in depth with O editor-at-large Gayle King on Tuesday, March 10 at 1 PM EST on the new SIRIUS (channel 195) XM (channel 156) Oprah Radio O Magazine Show.
"Say what you will about books-people do judge a magazine by its cover, which is why it's important to me to keep the cover of this one looking fresh," says Oprah. "And right now nothing-and I mean nothing-is fresher than the family that moved into the White House in January, sparking a national spirit of renewal the likes of which I've never seen."
The O Interview Facts
* Oprah's interview with Michelle Obama on February 17 was the first to take place in the White House.
* The First Lady gave Oprah a personal tour of the White House grounds including the Jacqueline Kennedy Gardens, the East Colonnade, The Truman Balcony and the Yellow Oval Room (part of the First Family's private residence, where the interview took place).
* Photographer Bruce Weber, shooting for the magazine for the first time, captures relaxed, real "moments" in the conversation.
* Fashion facts: Michelle Obama wears a Michael Kors dress and Dear Cashmere cardigan. Oprah wears a dress by Rachel Roy New York.
Michelle Obama Interview Highlights:
On her first weekend in the White House after the inauguration:
"Well, we still had family here, so it was almost like a wedding. A huge, very complicated wedding. The last visitors didn't leave until Sunday. And then the first Monday was kind of weird. You know: Now we live here, and Barack is getting up and going to work, and it's just us. This is our home now."
On her decorating philosophy:
"It will reflect our family. I want comfortable sofas, I want art that reflects contemporary and traditional, I want to bring in new American artisans," she adds, "and you've got to be able to make a fort with the sofa pillows! Everything must be fort-worthy."
On her vision for the White House:
"It's a beautiful home. When you go out and come back, especially at night, with all the white lights on--it's just beautiful. We feel privileged, and we feel a responsibility to make it feel like the people's house. We have the good fortune of being able to sleep here, but this house belongs to America"
On What She Knows For Sure:
"I know that all I can do is be the best me that I can. And live life with some gusto. Giving back is a big part of that. How am I going to share this experience with the American people? I'm always thinking about that."
On keeping up with friends:
That's the thing about being the First Lady: You try to catch your friends up on what's happening in your life, and they're like, 'We know - we read it in the paper."
How Malia and Sasha now know dad's home:
"Once someone on my staff e-mailed to tell me that the president was on his way. But you could already hear the helicopter, so it was like, well, no kidding."
"The girls don't move. I'm like, 'You want to see Daddy landing in the helicopter?' 'No, that's okay. We already saw it.'"
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for additional information and pick up the April issue of O, The Oprah Magazine which hits newsstands on March 17th for the full interview and photos.