"Our job is, first and foremost, to make sure our family is whole. You know, we have small kids; they’re growing every day. But I think we were both pretty straightforward when we said, ‘Our number-one priority is making sure that our family is whole.’ ”
For the cover photo, the first lady was photographed in the green room in a blue Reed Krakoff dress. The inside photos include one of her and President Obama, taken in the red room with Obama seated and the first lady behind him, giving him a hug.
In the article, Obama gives his wife credit for putting up with his political ambitions:
"What is true is that, first and foremost, Michelle thinks about the girls. And pretty much everything else from Michelle’s perspective right now is secondary. And rightly so. She is a great mom. What is also true is Michelle’s had to accommodate” — he pauses for a long while — “a life that” — another pause — “it’s fair to say was not necessarily what she envisioned for herself. She has to put up with me. And my schedule and my stresses. And she’s done a great job on that."
Obama also talks about his childhood versus hers, noting she had a more traditional family while he had a "far-flung" one.
"My mother was this wonderful spirit, and she was adventurous but not always very well organized. And, so, what that means is that I’m more comfortable with change and adventure and trying new things, but the downside of it is, sometimes — particularly when we were early on in our marriage — I wasn’t always thinking about the fact that my free-spirited ways might be having an impact on the person I’m with. And conversely, early in our marriage, Michelle provided this sense of stability and clarity and certainty about things, but sometimes she resisted trying something new just because it might seem a little scary or push her out of her comfort zone."
The Obamas were jointly interviewed by the magazine in January.
In the piece, the first lady is asked about the president's temperament and if it's his mellow nature that has people seeing him as "aloof."
The article describes the Obamas as "both tall and great-looking, and his hair is not so gray. In fact, neither of them looks like they’re on either side of 50."
And, the president, reveals to the fashion bible how his life has changed in the White House: he now owns more than two suits.
“Thank God,” Michelle Obama said. “Now, let me tell you: This is the man who still boasts about, 'This khaki pair of pants I’ve had since I was 20.' ”
The April edition of Vogue will be on newsstands March 26.