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Michelle Obama Discusses Discovering Her Independence, Embracing Her Influence, and Shaping the Role of First Lady

As her role as First Lady of the United States winds down, one can only hope Michelle Obama's legacy of being independent, fun, and dedicated to education initiatives will continue on with her predecessor — whether First Lady or First Gentleman (@FGOTUS?).

As she told Variety in an interview, she believes that through laughter, you can get others to listen. Whether she's "Getting her freak on with Missy Elliott and James Corden, busting a move with Ellen Degeneres, or making the scene on 'The Voice' with Jill Biden and Carson Daly," the FLOTUS knows how to grab an audience's attention.

"Michelle Obama showed how to shape the role to her own interests and needs, combining a meaningful policy agenda and political role with her determination to keep her family whole and sane," Peter Slevin, author of the biography "Michelle Obama: The Life," told Variety.

That being said, it's not unreasonable to think her discovery of independence as a young girl and her ability to embrace her influence has had an effect on her ability to flawlessly juggle her First Lady and 'Mom-in-Chief' responsibilities.

In fact, she adds that her independent nature is something she believes was influenced by "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

"She was one of the few single working women depicted on television at the time... She worked in a newsroom, she had a tough boss, and she stood up to him. She had close friends, never bemoaning the fact that she was a single. She was very proud and comfortable in that role."

And since her pre-teen years, Obama has lived with that same sense of independence. Minus the 'being single' aspect.

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