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Make sure that you have a look at this Sunday’s issue of PARADE magazine. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama took questions from readers and addressed the challenges of his first term in office with PARADE editor-in-chief Maggie Murphy and contributor Lynn Sherr. The Obama’s discussed the economy, the political stalemate in D.C., what they hope to accomplish next, and made thea case for their first four years in office.
Here are some highlights from the PARADE interview below. You can read the full piece this Sunday in newspapers and on Parade.com: http://www.parade.com/news/2012/09/02-conversation-with-the-obamas.html
BELOW ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PARADE INTERVIEW:
President Obama on how he will talk to Republicans differently if he is reelected:
PO:Republican voters, if you ask them about my particular policy positions, often agree with me. So there’s a difference between Republicans in Washington and Republican and Republican-leaning voters around the country. I think that after this election, we’ll be in a position to once again reach out to Republicans and say that the American people have rendered a judgment, and the positions we’re taking are well within what used to be considered bipartisan centrist approaches.
President Obama on whether there will be a difference in how he approaches Republicans or if their attitude will be different if he is reelected:
PO: My approach has been pretty consistent from the start; I’ve often proposed ways to solve our problems that used to be embraced by Republicans. There’s no better example than the health care bill, which was designed originally by the now Republican standard-bearer and is working pretty well in Massachusetts. The Recovery Act that helped us avoid a depression, a third of it was tax cuts. My hope is that the Republican Party, post election, steps back and says, “Now that we’re not so worried about beating the president, maybe we should spend a little time focusing on solving the problems.”
The President reacts to Mitt Romney’s remarks about the way Obama is making our country “far more like Europe, with a larger, more dominant, more intrusive government. …”:
PO: When you look at the policies I’ve promoted, they used to be considered bipartisan, mainstream ideas. What’s changed is not me. What’s changed is where the Republican Party’s gone. In fact, a lot of the things I’ve done are things that Mr. Romney, when he was governor of Massachusetts, seemed to promote. … What’s absolutely true is that we’ve had to take some emergency steps, like saving the auto industry, that weren’t free, that weren’t popular, but were the right thing to do.
On how being black affected President Obama’s ability to govern:
PO: By virtue of being African-American, I’m attuned to how throughout this country’s history there have been times when folks have been locked out of opportunity, and because of the hard work of people of all races, slowly those doors opened to more and more people. Equal opportunity doesn’t just happen on its own; it happens because we’re vigilant about it. But part of this is not just because we’re African-American—it’s also because Michelle and I were born into pretty modest means. … And as president, I want to affirm that that’s important and reject the idea that if we just reward those at the top, that somehow that’s going to work for everybody—’cause that hasn’t been how America got built.
Mrs. Obama on the conversation about the “superwoman.” Can women have it all?
MICHELLE OBAMA: I think that question limits us as women. I work with a lot of young women—we have interns coming in and out, and this is always one of the first questions they ask—and the thing I try to remind them is that we have fought so hard for choice and options with our lives, and we’re just getting to that point where we’re willing to embrace all the different facets of womanhood. I know that when I came out of college, what I wanted and what I thought I wanted were very different things. Then I get married and have a career and, lo and behold, now I’ve got kids. And how you feel about motherhood when your children are small and when they’re teenagers, that’s going to change.