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Michelle Obama says her life isn’t that unusual.
The First Lady insisted on Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live that she is still able to sneak out in public unnoticed and that her daughters with President Barack Obama — Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11 — are able to lead normal lives.
“There are times when I do kind of disguise it up, you know?” she said. “It’s a little harder because I’m so tall. You know, so you see people just kind of looking at me because I’m tall. And then it’s like… [gasps] ‘Oh, it’s you!’
“But every now and then I try to sneak out, but I don’t get to do it too much … It’s just a warm-up, cap,” she added before stopping herself: “I shouldn’t tell…”
Asked what she would do if she had just an hour to be a “normal” person, Obama replied: “I would walk out of the door of the White House like a regular person, walk down the street, go to the drug store, go to CVS, go in there, go shop. I’d go buy my toiletries, I’d pay money. I’d get a receipt. Yes. And then I’d go sit on the park, on the park bench and just watch people.
She also joked that she has to be more discreet when reprimanding her daughters in public, noting that she’s perfected the ability to speak to them without moving her lips and with a smile on her face. But she praised their ability to handle their lives as the kids of a sitting president in a “poised and gracious” manner.
Obama did add that her husband has asked one thing of them while he’s speaking at events.
“The one thing he cares about is: ‘Just look like you’re listening to me,'” she said.
Obama also revealed that her daughters still are able to go trick-or-treating. Since they usually go with groups of friends and in costumes, they usually don’t get recognized, she added.
“They have a very normal life,” she said. “They do everything — homecoming dances, games, tournaments.”
The First Lady also took the opportunity to encourage viewers to vote early, noting that she voted a couple weeks ago and the president did the same on Thursday.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen on Election Day,” she said. “Babysitters, you might be sick, car breaks down, but you can vote for weeks in advance in many states if you vote early.”
When Kimmel asked what she would do if he forgets to vote, Obama replied that she had a plan. A pretaped bit showed the host lying in bed, with Obama barging into his bedroom with a bullhorn and exclaiming: “Election day! Time to vote! Let’s go! Let’s go! Up, up, up! Out the door … and eat some carrots!”
Watch the bit below.
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