Ann Romney and Michelle Obama face off in yellow as they open up about Mitt's short temper and the President's goofy side
23:12 GMT, 11 October 2012
As the Presidential election draws closer, Michelle Obama and Ann Romney have shared more details about their husbands in the new issue of Good Housekeeping.
In individual interviews, the two women, who both elected to wear yellow for their photoshoots, discuss not only their husbands' policies, but personality traits that voters are unlikely to have seen.
Mrs Romney, who looks, dare we say, almost too flawless in her portrait, reveals that Mitt has struggled with a short temper in the past.
Mellow yellow: Ann Romney reveals that Mitt has struggled with a short temper in the past
A life 'full of play': Michelle Obama, who wears an acidic chartreuse hue, insists that the President is far less 'stuffy' than the character we see in the public eye
She tells the magazine's editor-in-chief Rosemary Ellis: 'He had to
learn to control his temper a bit when the children were young. In
other situations, he's quick to flare, and I've seen him learn to
control that, too.'
Mrs Obama, meanwhile, who wears an acidic chartreuse hue, insists that the President is far less 'stuffy' than the character we see in the public eye.
'He's really helped me not to worry so much. That is more his spirit
than mine, though people think he's the stuffy one'
'I think Barack and I have built a
life together that is full of play,' she says.
'Over the course of our relationship,
he's really helped me not to worry so much. That is more his spirit
than mine, though people think he's the stuffy one…
There's Barack Obama the President, who's out in the Rose
Garden at a press conference, and then there's my guy, who always
reminds me life is interesting and that it's about the perspective you
bring to the situation.'
Campaign trail: Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama before their debate in Denver last week
She adds that they enjoy quality time together every morning during early morning gym sessions.
'We work out together every day. I
usually get up to the gym a little before he does, because I start my
day a bit earlier – [I have] hair, make-up, things that he doesn't have
to do. I continue to remind him of that.
'Our struggles are not financial, but
that does not mean we have not struggled… I've gone through
very serious health issues'
'He usually gets up there when
I'm halfway through, so we spend the morning checking in, watching
SportsCenter. And on the weekends we'll catch a movie together, have a
On coping with the scrutiny of the spotlight, Mrs Obama calls her husband a 'solid compass'.
helps me keep focused when I'm feeling off-center,' she says. 'A good chat with him
on the balcony – it always puts me in the right place.'
The interview also gave Mrs Romney opportunity to answer critics who believe that her family's wealth means that they cannot identify with regular Americans.
Election issue: The interviews appear in November's Good Housekeeping, on sale from October 16
'Our struggles are not financial, but that does not mean we have not struggled… For me, I've gone through very serious health issues. Once your health is taken away, you have nothing.
'And so I would love people to know that we do care and that we do understand what it means to struggle financially. '
She expands further on her struggle with MS, admitting that she 'went to a really scary, dark place for a long
She says her husband, her faith and her horses helped her through that time, and tears up as she tells Ms Ellis: 'It was my husband telling me, “I
don't care if you're in a wheelchair for the rest of your life. I don't
care whether you make dinner; I can eat cold cereal and toast. As long
as we're together, as long as you're here, we're going to be OK.”'
On her heroes and role models, Mrs Romney includes
'She has been through so much; she just kept going. Now
she's doing a great job as Secretary of State,' she says.
'I also admire Robin
Roberts right now. You see the resilience of the human spirit in these
women, and I love it.'