Michelle Obama says the role of first lady "is a powerful platform to make a lot of change"

By Tierney McAfee
Updated October 07, 2016 12:32 PM
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Credit: Source: The Today Show

After nearly eight years as first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama has a wealth of knowledge to pass along to her successor. But when asked what advice she would give to the next first lady — or first gentleman — she drew on the wisdom of her 15-year-old daughter, Sasha.

“In the words of Sasha Obama, I’d say, ‘do you,’ ” Obama told Al Roker with a laugh during an interview for Today on Friday.

“I would just urge the next person coming into this role to make it your own, because it’s believable when it comes from the deepest part of who you are, because this is a powerful platform to make a lot of change,” the first lady added.

Obama also reflected on how her passion project, the Let’s Move! campaign to end childhood obesity, has helped shape a healthier nation.

“You’ve got fast food restaurants that serve salad. You’ve got skim milk and apples in kids meals, so we’re seeing this cultural shift,” she told Roker outside the White House. “I think that Let’s Move! and all the partners, the thousands and thousands of partners, have been a part of reshaping the way we think about what we eat and how we move, and I’m proud of that.”

Obama is also proud of the work she’s done right on the White House South Lawn. On Wednesday, the first lady unveiled a larger, more permanent version of her iconic vegetable garden before an audience of advocates, food industry leaders and others who have pitched in on her Let’s Move! campaign.

“I take great pride in knowing that this little garden will live on as a symbol of the hopes and dreams we all hold of growing a healthier nation for our children,” she said.