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Michelle Obama Explains The Hardest Thing About Leaving The White House

And then Ellen DeGeneres makes everyone want to cry.

Everyone's been talking about the (dreaded) inevitable vacancy of the Obamas from the White House, mostly because the future is pretty scary. But for the Obamas, it's an entire lifetime they're leaving behind.

Sasha and Malia were only eight and ten years old when they arrived in the famous capital of the nation, and now one of them is heading off to college with a bit of controversy under their belt.

Nonetheless, the two have probably been the most well-behaved first daughters in history and Michelle Obama is rightfully a super proud mom. When talking to Ellen DeGeneres about the move that's sure to come in the next few months, she said this about what will be missed the most:

“It’s really the people. Think about it,” the First Lady said. “The girls have grown up in the White House. I mean, the staff that’s there, we see them every day. These people who have helped us raise our kids. They’ve loved us. They’ve taken care of us. The minute we leave, that’s it.”

Mrs. Obama also spoke about how she and President Obama are trying to prepare the kids for what may be a huge adjustment. “They think they’re ready, but when you’ve grown up in a place…I mean, imagine, they won’t be able to knock on a door and say, ‘Can I see my room?’ That’s not gonna happen,” she said. “We’re trying to have them step back and really appreciate the walk on the South Lawn, sitting on the Truman Balcony. I mean, we just want to keep creating some memories for them as well.”

The fact that I have no idea what she's referring to about the knock on the door is proof enough that she and Barack have a hell of a change on their hands—a new kind of change and hope for the future this time around.

Watch the two chop it up about Michelle's favorite young ladies and why she's looking forward to the coming years.

[Photo: Ellen/Warner Bros.]


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