Michelle Digs Newfound Family Time

They haven't had 'this kind of time together' in years, pleased mom tells People
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 26, 2009 8:11 AM CST
President Barack Obama and the first lady return to the White House from an overnight trip to Camp David earlier this month.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama's incredibly short commute means that he has more time than usual to spend with his wife and daughters, Reuters reports in a look at Michelle Obama's interview with People. The family has dinner together each night, and the president tucks Sasha and Malia into bed. "We haven't had that kind of time together" for years, "so that explains a lot why we all feel so good in this space," says the first lady.

The day begins at 5:30 each morning for the first couple with exercise and a quiet breakfast together, said Michelle, who credits her hubby's grace under fire and their shared sense of humor for their successful marriage. But she cautioned that good marriages only come with attentive effort. "I don't want anybody to think it's easy. It works because we really work at it," she said. "We have a strong marriage, but it's not perfect."