Some people baked sourdough during quarantine, Michelle Obama took up knitting.
The former First Lady turned to the Internet to learn how but used a pseudonym to chat with other knitters.
“I have knitted a blanket, like five scarves, three halter tops, a couple of hats for Barack, and I just finished my first pair of mittens for Malia,” Obama said while on “The Rachael Ray Show”. “One is twice as big as the other.”
She then spoke about the online community she joined.
“They don’t know I’m in the knitting community because I don’t use my real name, but I have some knitting, you know, tutors who I kind of go through to get my yarn and my patterns and all that,” she added.
But with the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election looming, Obama stressed the importance of voting by sharing a personal story about taking voting “incredibly seriously.”
“I remember voting with my father, who voted in every single election,” she recalled. “My father had MS — that meant he could only get around with the assistance of a cane or crutches and later he was on a motorized cart… My father never missed an election ever, ever.”
She continued, “I remember voting with him when we were little, and they had the machines with the little levers that you click and they would close the curtain. I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is such an awesome responsibility and my father is taking this incredibly seriously.’ When it was time for me to vote, I did it with enthusiasm and pride.”
Obama later spoke about how the family dealt with self-isolation.
“It’s really interesting, because sometimes Barack just comes into the room, and I’m in the middle of something, and he’s like, ‘What are you doing?'” she recalled. “And I’m like — ‘Nothing. Nothing. Just please go.’ Sometimes you just don’t want to talk. You’re not ready for a check-in when they are. So, yeah.”
“Quarantine started out so lovely. There was the first phase when we were all together, and we’d go apart, and then we’d come together… then right around June, all that magic started wearing off,” she added laughing.