'The Michelle Obama Podcast' Debuts With A Very Special Guest, Barack Obama

Carla Harmon
July 31, 2020

Michelle talked about her personal journey after the Obamas left the White House.

The Michelle Obama Podcast premiered its first episode on July 29, and according to their production company, Higher Ground Productions, it will come out with new episodes weekly for nine weeks.

Barack and Michelle had their first date at an ice cream shop in Chicago in the summer of 1989.

When you tap the play button on any of the show's episodes, colorful text cards with quotes pulled from The Michelle Obama Podcast pop-up. What I love about these conversations is that they're topics and issues that we are all dealing with no matter what's going on - whether that's a pandemic or nationwide reckoning with race.

Michelle responded by saying she was simply stating a "fact".

Barack: "You have all these institutions that used to be support systems shrinking".

Barack Obama, who was the first African American to be president of the Harvard Law Review, said his education at Harvard gave him the "credentials and security" to work in community organizing.

They also discussed how politics and government are perceived by young people and the lack of political engagement that's a result of the political system's failure to reach out to that particular demographic in a meaningful and hopeful way.

Michelle Obama laughs at this and wonders what his mother would have said to him: " 'How dare you have Ms. Smith calling me and telling me you were on her grass and then you said ...

And I think as young people listen to this, as they are starting to shape their paths, I would really strongly encourage them to think about building lives that are selfless.

"It's not uniform, and it could still go both ways in the country just like its teetering one way or the other in countries all around the world".

They spoke about the legacy they want to leave for their daughters Malia and Sasha.

"There's a different way of parenting but what we didn't do, we delivered the message at the dinner table", Michelle said.

"What's the inheritance we'd like to leave Malia, 21, and Sasha, 19, more than anything?" "But we didn't take them to the boardroom".

'It would be that they are living in a country that looks after everybody, ' Barack said. "As a result of we all know that if we're not round, and the ladies are in a society like that, they'll be tremendous".

So excited for you to hear the first episode of The #MichelleObamaPodcast with @BarackObama!

Michelle's other podcast guests have not yet been announced but she has previously said they will include her girlfriends and relatives.

'In this time of social distancing, it's more important than ever to invest in the relationships that make us who we are, ' she said in a recent Instagram post about the project.

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