To promote their brand new memoirs, When (November 18), the former First Lady visited the Hearst Tower in New York in September. A few floors away from the Men's & # 39; s Health offices, she answered a handful of editors and even participated in a lengthy interview with an aspiring journalist named Oprah Winfrey. In this way, she answered some of the questions the editors have answered in more detail.
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How do you define strength?
A belief of something outside of you. For what does it mean to be strong when that strength is in you and you do not use it for others? And what good is being strong if you do not have compassion for someone else? You can not achieve anything if you are not sure, if you have no security, if you do not feel well.
As I get older and busier, it's harder to stay in touch with friends. Any advice?
– Michele Promaulayko, Cosmopolitan
I tell people that I've learned to plan my life the way I plan my work. I started planning these boot camps at Camp David every three months. I would bring my trainer, one of the White House chefs, to Camp David, and we would train really hard for four days. We trained three times a day. I eliminated sugar and wine. And then people said I will not come back. I put the wine back on.
You even say [you and Barack] argue differently?
-Oprah Winfrey, O, The Oprah Magazine
Oh God, yes. I am like a burning match. It's like Puff! And he wants to rationalize everything. So he had to learn how to give me a few minutes – or an hour – before he even came into the room when he made me angry. And he has to understand that he can not convince me out of my anger. That he can not put me in another feeling.
Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?
-Lucy Kaylin, O, The Oprah Magazine
Barack, my mother, Malia, Sasha, my brother. To sit and listen to our children and give them this room. It is so important for us that our children and our family know that Barack and I are there for them and that we give them time when we have time. Because we had opportunities for these dream dinner parties. We chose the family.
Let's assume your husband is left alone at home with a whole bag of Cheetos. What percentage of this bag is left when you and the girls come home?
– Richard Dorment, Men's Health
One hundred percent of this bag is not even taken out of the closet. His taste does not match junk food. And it could be because he grew up in Indonesia, he even had different flavors, as far as I'm concerned. He likes a bitter taste. He does not like chocolate. Chips and fresh guac – he can not stop eating. If it were up to him, Cheetos would not even be in the house. But I have a teenager, so sometimes they come in.