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First Lady Michelle Obama Answers Your Questions

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 10:20 AM, April 3, 2015

Aired April 9, 2015

Although she's traveled the globe, met foreign leaders and made huge strides in the fight against child obesity in our country, First Lady Michelle Obama says she's looking forward to doing an everyday task many of us take for granted after her husband's two-term presidency ends in January 2017.

"You know, I was joking the other day, I just want to ride around in a car with the window open," Obama told Rachael Ray on Monday at the White House Easter Egg Roll, which helped celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Let’s Move! Initiative and the #GimmeFive challenge. "It's just like, I want to do that."

Obama's wish has been years in the making; she told Rachael it's been "seven or eight years" since she's actually gotten to drive a car.

Still, driving has played a big part in the Obama family as of late; Obama's daughter, Malia, recently got her license.

But as Obama tells Rach, she wasn't the one who taught Malia how to drive.

"The Secret Service [taught Malia], actually, because they wouldn't let me in the car with her," Obama said.

"Driving for Malia, I think, gives her a sense of normalcy, like the rest of her friends are doing," she continued. "And my kids have got to learn how to live in the world like normal kids."

"Being president doesn't change who you are," Obama added. "It makes who you are more of that. If you come in grounded, you're going to leave grounded. If you come in a little, sort of, off-kilter, that's just going to be magnified."

"My hope is just to make sure that that they come out of this thing as functioning adults, you know?"

For more on Rachael's interview with First Lady Michelle Obama, don't miss Thursday's all-new show!