First lady Michelle Obama is on the cover of the May issue of Conde Nast Traveler, which hits newsstands April 14. The cover article, “Mrs. Obama’s Washington,” includes the first lady’s travel tips in and around the nation’s capital. Mrs. Obama shows she has the makings of an excellent travel blogger — we can spot our own.
The first lady’s D.C. mission statement:
Washington is a beacon “in a way that no other city is. It just represents something fundamentally different to the country and to the world. It is a place that people here should feel immensely proud of. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to use my role as First Lady to highlight this city.”
On using the area’s history to teach her daughters:
“I felt that my kids learned so much more about the history in Europe than they did here. And I thought, ‘Well, the only way we’re going to do that is to show them, right?’ … We just planned some day-trips. We did Monticello and Mount Vernon, we did the Bureau of Engraving, we went to Frederick Douglass’s house, we got hamburgers at Good Stuff Eatery, we visited almost all of the Mall and monuments. With that has come a history that makes all the stories about our country come to life. And they know more because they’ve seen it, they’ve touched it, they’ve walked in the hallways. I want my kids to have the same appreciation for this country as they will have for the rest of the world as we travel more.”
Her vision for Washington:
She sees the community around her as “a place of immense possibilities. And I want the young people who live here and grow up here to share in that, to feel the power of that. Kids in Anacostia should be taking up the spots in the page program on Capitol Hill. They should be the ones who get to intern at the White House. They should have equal access as well as the folks with power from all over the country. I think as more and more kids have those experiences they start to expand their sense of who they can be in the world. And if we can do that for kids here in D.C., we can do that for kids around the world who are coming to visit and walking up to that fence by the South Lawn and looking in that house and seeing a family, a president who connects to them in a fundamental way.”
Her D.C. roots:
For Michelle Obama, who came east to college, Washington “has always felt like sort of my second city.” While at Princeton and later at Harvard Law, her roommate and other of her closest friends brought her home to Silver Spring, Maryland, and to D.C. As a young associate at the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin, she put in one summer in the K Street office. “This is a place,” she said, sitting down to talk about Washington in the White House Map Room, “that feels like home.”
In the magazine’s 23-year history, this is the first time a first lady has been on the cover. The Conde Nast Traveler website also features a slideshow of the cover photo shoot, a video of Mrs. Obama surprising a White House tour, and a downloadable pdf map of Washington.
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