Michelle Obama Says We’ve Only Just Begun

First Lady Michelle Obama told ABC News today that “her global advocacy on behalf of women and young people gives her a personal stake in her husband’s re-election, and that she eagerly awaits the coming campaign.” That’s wonderful news to hear…

I think there’s so much more work to do. We’ve really just begun to lay the foundation,” Obama told ABC News’ David Muir in a wide-ranging interview in Cape Town, South Africa, where she’s on a weeklong trip to promote youth leadership, education and political and cultural exchanges.

“I’m passionate about these issues. I want to make sure there’s a footing in them in the same way that my husband does,” she said. “So, more time would be helpful.”

“So you like the job?” Muir asked.

“I love the job, I do. I love people and I like having a positive impact,” she said.

And a positive impact is indeed what Michelle Obama is having. During her current trip to Africa, Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, “have captivated national attention in the spotlight.”

The Obama family Tuesday visited with former South African president and global anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton.

“It was powerful because his presence in and of itself was powerful,” Obama, 47, said of the experience. “At the same time, it was sort of like being at Thanksgiving dinner because we were surrounded by his family. … A little chaotic, but a lot of fun, lot of excitement. And there he sat just happy, and that was good to see.”

Obama said she “told Mandela, 92, that his story had a profound impact on her family.”

“I said you cannot imagine how important your legacy is to who I am, to who my husband is,” she said. “And I just said, thank you, thank you, thank you.”

There’s more on the interview here.

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