Unlike us, they didn’t get drunk on boxed wine
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How would you spend your last night in the most famous house in America? According to Time, Malia and Sasha Obama went all out, inviting their friends over for a slumber party, complete with pizza and chicken nuggets. So scratch whatever you had in mind because that sounds like the most fun ever.
“They had a sleepover, because of course on Inauguration Day, because my girls are so normal, they're like, ‘Well, eight girls are gonna be sleeping here because it's our last time, and we want pizza and we want nuggets.’ And it's like, really?”
After spending the bulk of their childhood living in the White House, 15-year-old Malia and 18-year-old Sasha found the process of moving out of their home difficult, said Obama. “So that moment of transition, right before the doors opened and we welcomed in the new family, our kids were leaving out the back door in tears, saying goodbye to people,” she said during a question and answer segment at the conference. Still, she joked with the audience that she avoided crying herself so as not to appear disappointed with the incoming president. If only we could all be as strong as Michelle.
And to give you an idea of what it’s like to be an Obama from another family member’s perspective, Michelle Obama also said, “Bo and Sunny had never heard a doorbell in their life.” As any fellow dog could tell Bo and Sunny, they have a lot to look forward to postpolitics.
Of course, Michelle Obama didn’t just talk about junk food and dog entertainment at the conference. While staying politically neutral, she spoke on the need for diversity in the field of architecture, referencing the masterful, though still relatively unknown African-American architect Paul Revere Williams, who designed thousands of homes in Los Angeles in the early 1900s. The AIA honored Williams with a gold medal right before Obama entered the stage to speak about giving more black architects—particularly black women—the tools they need to succeed. “You need more women who are going to push if they have the leverage,” she told the crowd. “Not everyone has the leverage, so you have to push for the women who don’t.”