First Lady Michelle Obama graces the September/ October cover of AARP The Magazine and talks candidly about her charity work.

Michelle Obama AARP Magazine
Michelle Obama AARP Magazine

On being a role model for African American girls:
“We did an event for military kids, and there were a lot of African American young girls out there—little black girls who were just proud because they see themselves in somebody who they think is great.

“You can see it in their eyes. You can see it with the hugs and the way they hold on so tight. It matters. So I do embrace it.”

On doing the Dougie at a Let’s Move! event:
“I’ve got little kids. They’re always trying something. And I happen to be very good at dance-mimicking. [Laughs.] For some reason, if I watch somebody do a move for a while, and it’s not too hard or complicated or requires me to throw my leg over my head and flip, I can sort of figure it out.”

On getting involved with Joining Forces:
“My affinity and passion for military families came out of meeting many of these women while campaigning. Their stories moved me.”

“The population that AARP serves has some of the highest numbers of people who volunteer. We’ve got military families who are in need today, and our Joining Forces call to action is a way to use that wonderful time and energy and direct it toward some of these families.

“People don’t have to reinvent themselves. If you live near a base, there are plenty of opportunities, whether it’s throwing a baby shower for expectant mothers or doing things at the schools with military kids or offering to drive a car pool. Those things matter.

“Look within your own community. Look within your church, your kids’ school. Connect with military families and find out what their needs are.”

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