Michelle Obama Opens Up About Life After the White House

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Michelle Obama is loving life out of the White House!

The former first lady appeared on Thursday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in her first TV interview since her husband, Barack Obama, left office -- where she revealed that "nothing much" is going in her life right now, and she wouldn't have it any other way. 

"I wake up when I want to wake up. I got myself all gussied up to come here, came out of the basement. It’s just like what? Come out of the house? But we’re doing great," Michelle revealed. "The girls are good, Barack is working, we’ve got projects going, so we’re staying busy and traveling. We’ve had some fun." 

When they're not traveling, the Obamas are enjoying life at home in Washington, D.C., choosing to stay in the area so Sasha can finish high school. 

"We wanted her to finish in the school she’s been in since she was in second grade... so we live in the neighborhood down the street from the White House," Michelle shared. "[But] it's not [weird]." 

"The thing I learned in those eight years is that home is where we make it.  We were in the White House for eight years, but it wasn’t the house, it was us in it. It was our value and our love for each other. We just moved that to another house," she said. "But it is odd because now I have a door and a doorbell and people actually trip out when I come to my door and I open it. And the dogs, Bo and Sunny, don’t know what a doorbell is. So, the doorbell rings and they’re like, 'I’ve never heard that before!'"

Michelle was responsible for picking out her family's new digs while her husband "was being the president when we had to move" -- and while she kept her husband in mind, it seems Sasha came out with the best setup in the house. 

"He got so shortchanged on this whole deal. He doesn’t have enough closet space… sorry! He’s got the smallest room for his office," she confessed. "Sasha actually killed in this house. She has, like, this two-room suite, it’s all decked out. She’s got, like, a living room area and a bedroom and she designed it." 

As for Malia, "She's got a room in the attic somewhere... She's away at college. You don't waste rooms on college kids," Michelle joked. 

During her interview with DeGeneres, Michelle also opened up about the current political climate, advising citizens to "lead with hope and not fear." 

"I would just encourage your viewers, the country, to do the things we do every day. To love each other, to take care of each other, to show empathy -- and you can’t do that only when people make you feel good or safe. We've got to do it all across the board," she declared. "We have to be an open-hearted nation and that’s who we are. And that’s the truth of who we are. We can’t lose sight of that."

See more from Michelle's interview in the video below. 

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