Michelle Obama Reveals She's Living with Depression in New Podcast

The Obama family has become more open about their personal lives since leaving the White House. Now Michelle Obama has a new podcast and she is revealing more than anyone ever thought the former First Lady would.

The reason Barack and Michelle fell in love

Barack Obama and Michelle’s love story has been one for the ages. They showed their genuine care for one another throughout Barack’s eight years in office. So naturally, when Barack was a guest on The Michelle Obama Podcast, people wanted to know about their romance.

“One of the reasons I fell in love with you is because you are guided by the principle that we are each other’s brothers and sisters keepers,” Michelle said to Barack.

The two also spoke about their work in their community and what made them want to focus their lives on giving back.

“I had this amazing view of the southeast side of the city from my office,” Michelle said of the time before she focused on community work. “I could see the lake and I could see all of the neighborhood that I came from. And I never felt further from that neighborhood than when I was sitting in that office, working on briefs and cases that had nothing to do with anything that helped a broader group of people outside of myself.”

Barack and Michelle hope that all of the work they have been doing to give back and to respect others has inspired the younger generation to do the same.

“When you and I think about what’s the inheritance that we would like to leave Malia and Sasha, more than anything what it would be is that they are living in a country that respects everybody and looks after everybody [and] celebrates and sees everybody,” Barack said. “Cause we know that if we’re not around, that those girls are in a society like that.”

Michelle’s depression

Unfortunately, this “brother and sister’s keeper” mindset that drew Barack and Michelle together is causing Michelle to have a lot of internal grief during these times.

“Spiritually, these are not fulfilling times,” Michelle told former NPR anchor Michele Norris on the second episode of her podcast. “I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression. 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 went on to discuss the blatant racial injustices that the country is seeing daily on the news.

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We’ve all been dealing with a lot of change in our lives and our communities. We’ve experienced the shock—and the aftershocks—of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. And all this is happening amid this life-altering pandemic, which has upended so much of life as we’ve always understood it. All this change can feel pretty heavy—and we’re often left to deal with it at a moment when we’re forced to spend more time alone—more time in our own heads—than we’re used to. I couldn’t think of anyone better to talk about all of this with than my friend and confidante, @michele__norris. In the next episode of The #MichelleObamaPodcast, we're talking about life during this strange and exhausting time. You can listen to our conversation now on @Spotify—link in my bio.

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“I have to say, that waking up to the news, waking up to how this administration has or has not responded, waking up to yet another, story of a Black man or a Black person somehow being dehumanized, or hurt or killed, or falsely accused of something, it is exhausting,” she said. “And, it has led to a weight that I haven’t felt in my life in a while.”

The issues that have made Michelle struggle with her mental health only seem to be reaching new heights daily. President Donald Trump has threatened to deploy US troops on protestors who are fighting for social justice and the number of Americans who are dying from coronavirus is steadily increasing.

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