Michelle Obama on What's Really Important.

I have a hard time trying to imagine what it must be like to be married to a presidential candidate while simultaneously trying to raise two children under the age of 10. I find it challenging just tackling my own work, preparing semi-healthy meals, keeping the house clean enough so that it won’t be declared a Superfund site and raising my three small children with my husband, who works long hours out of the house. And that’s with no overnight work trips for either of us during the week.

 

So when I try to envision the life currently being lived by Barack and Michelle Obama as the Illinois senator attempts to win the Democratic nomination for president, my head starts to throb.

 

During a recent interview on CNN with talkmeister Larry King, the hideously overscheduled Michelle Obama went into detail about how she and her husband, in the midst of a hotly contested presidential race, attempt to keep their daughters – Malia, 9 and Sasha, 6 – “on track.” Explaining that she and the kids didn’t move to Washington, D.C. after her husband was elected to the U.S. Senate because her work as a university administrator was in

Chicago , Michelle Obama said her marriage became a commuter marriage, where Barack Obama kept a small apartment in D.C., but came home on weekends. Remaining in her hometown is “one of the ways I’ve tried to keep our kids grounded and focused” and not “pulled out of their lives.”

 

A few years after he became a senator, Barack Obama told his wife he wanted to run for president, an endeavor that starts at least a year before a single primary or caucus vote is cast in order to fundraise and drum up support. And though Michelle Obama -- a career-oriented working mom – had previously been relatively uninvolved in her husband’s political campaigns, a presidential bid would require her participation. And add another complicated wrinkle to their already hectic family life.

 

Once the decision to run for the Oval Office was made, the Obama family bought web cams so Dad could talk to his girls over the internet. Barack Obama now dashes home from wherever he is for parent-teacher conferences, ballet recitals, Valentine’s Day, his wedding anniversary, and for Halloween to take the girls trick-or-treating. Meanwhile, Michelle Obama carries two BlackBerries – one for work, one for the campaign – and keeps in touch with her daughters’ teachers via e-mail. Last summer after the last Harry Potter book was published, the couple’s 9-year-old said she would only read the book in bits and pieces when her dad was home so they could read it together.

 

justice fergie
02.26.08

great post. i don't know how michelle does it either. i get stressed when my hubby is gone all day saturday to play football!