The Obama family is feeling the quarantine blues.
In a hilarious interview with Conan O’Brien on Wednesday, Michelle Obama revealed that daughters Sasha, 19, and Malia, 22, are “sick of quarantining” with her and husband Barack.
However, the former first lady explained that the family was initially “all excited to be together” during the “early stages” of the stay-at-home orders.
“We were being all organized and we would spend the days apart doing our respective work — the girls were still in classes in the spring — and so we would be working and then doing a little exercise, and then come together in the evenings,” she explained, referencing that Sasha is a student at the University of Michigan, while Malia is a senior at Harvard.
“And we would have these activities — we would have cocktails, and then we would work puzzles, and play games,” the “Becoming” author added. “Barack taught the girls how to play spades. We actually had some organized things — like we had an art exhibit day, where we all went off and did, like, watercolor paintings and then we showed it.”
However, the famous family soon got on one another’s nerves as the quarantine was extended.
“I think first our kids got a little sick of us... which was fine, because we were pretty much sick of them,” she admitted. “And so, the summer started happening, and then we could be outside a little bit more, and we came to [Martha’s] Vineyard, where we still are, and so there’s more room to roam around... That was good, because it helped us break it up. And now the kids are back in Zoomland with classes. They’re doing it remotely. And they’re no longer thrilled about being with us.”
Fortunately, Michelle and Barack didn’t go through the same rough patch, as the former president was busily working on his memoir, “A Promised Land,” set to be released November 17.
In an August 5 discussion with journalist Michele Norris on her “The Michelle Obama Podcast,” Mrs. Obama said she suffered from “some form of low-grade depression” earlier this year.
“Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting,” she explained.
She also revealed that she had difficulty sleeping at night “because I’m worrying about something, or there’s a heaviness.”
Days later, Michelle went on Instagram and assured fans that she is “doing just fine.”
“I just wanted to check in with you all because a lot of you have been checking in on me after hearing this week’s podcast. First things first — I’m doing just fine. There’s no reason to worry about me,” she said.
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I just wanted to check in with you all because a lot of you have been checking in on me after hearing this week’s podcast. First things first—I’m doing just fine. There’s no reason to worry about me. Like I said in that conversation with @Michele__Norris, I’m thinking about the folks out there risking themselves for the rest of us—the doctors and nurses and essential workers of all kinds. I’m thinking about the teachers and students and parents who are just trying to figure out school for the fall. I’m thinking about the people out there protesting and organizing for a little more justice in our country. The idea that what this country is going through shouldn’t have any effect on us—that we all should just feel OK all the time—that just doesn’t feel real to me. So I hope you all are allowing yourselves to feel whatever it is you’re feeling. I hope you’re listening to yourselves and taking a moment to reflect on everything that’s coming at us, and what you might be able to do about it. And to all of you who’ve reached out—thank you. I hope you’re also reaching out to all those you’re closest with, not just with a text, but maybe with a call or a videochat. Don’t be afraid to offer them a shoulder to lean on, or to ask for one yourself. Love you all. 📸: Adam Garber @garbr