But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person.
To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with. Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task.
Lady Bird Johnson began the modern-day memoir tradition — publishing A White House Diary in 1970 – and was so invested in documenting her life in the White House that she would, on most nights, place a pillow on the door of a personal sitting room — a signal for "I want to be alone" — and speak into a recorder.
And while Pat Nixon never wrote an autobiography, every first lady since has done so, each gaining best seller status.
What better way than to use the White House Kitchen garden as a place to grow vegetables and fresh produce for both the first family’s meals and White House events?
It would be an inspiration for other families to do the same.
"I talk about my roots and how a girl from the South Side (of Chicago) found her voice," she wrote on Twitter.
Even if children spent just one hour a day doing physical exercise, they would grow up healthier and more active.Barack Obama seriously dated several women before meeting Michelle, and none of them were African-American, according to the author of one of the definitive books about the former president.Christopher Andersen, who wrote "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage," appeared on "TMZ Live" just after excerpts from another book -- "Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama" -- were released, saying he twice proposed to a woman before meeting Michelle. Andersen says Obama, who had big political aspirations early on, recognized the value of marrying a black woman, although he's quick to add the love between Barack and Michelle is real and profound. Many First Ladies have stood out and made their marks, apart from being charming hostesses.