Michelle's homemaker side
In the interview, Obama talked about keeping fit, her wardrobe and other details of daily life. Some tidbits:
• • How she relaxes -- She takes her daughters to soccer, tennis, swimming and play dates. ''That tends to relax me,'' she said. ''I'm usually doing it with other moms who have been friends, and we gossip and catch up and watch the kids play.''
• • Her workout routine -- It's 90 minutes long, and she does it up to four times a week, depending on her travel schedule. It includes cardio, free weights, treadmill, stair-walking and other activities. ''Nobody's asked that,'' she teased. ''This is a scoop.''
• • What else she does when she's not campaigning -- "I sleep.''
• • Fashion tips -- ''Wear what you like,'' advised the 5-11 Obama, who was wearing a low-cut, gray-and-white dress with a gray sweater. On ''The View'' recently, she said she never wears pantyhose, but she'd like to clarify that: She wears them ''for special occasions or for cold weather.''
• • Date nights -- ''Barack and I don't have interesting lives, never did. We're basically family people. When we go on a date, it's either dinner or a movie because we can't stay awake for both,'' she said. Dates now include the Secret Service. ''They give us our space,'' she said.
Evelyn Simien, a political scientist at the University of Connecticut, said Obama is wise to stress her ''Suzy Homemaker side'' because ''it's the side that married women can relate to. She's got to be strategic.