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Ellen talks to Michelle Obama about getting through self-isolation

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama at ribbon cutting ceremony for Anna Wintour Costume Center Grand Opening at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City.
First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama at ribbon cutting ceremony for Anna Wintour Costume Center Grand Opening at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. Photo: Shutterstock

Ellen’s show has been in reruns for over a week now due to coronavirus, but that hasn’t stopped America’s most famous lesbian from interviewing celebrities on social media.

Ellen called up former First Lady Michelle Obama to chat about life at home during the global pandemic.

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Malia and Sasha are both home from college, doing classwork online. Ellen responded that her mother is staying with her and Portia de Rossi, as well as Portia’s family.

“We’re just trying to structure our days,” Obama said.

Acknowledging the devastating effects the pandemic will have on the economy, Obama said, “It’s time to sit down with each other, have real conversations.”

“This is like no other time in history,” Obama said. “It’s a good exercise in reminding us that we don’t need the stuff that we have. When times are bad, having each other, having your health, we can do with a lot less.”

The lesson for her? “Be grateful for what you have and be ready to share it.”

Considering all the corporations laying off workers (both temporarily and permanently), the expected 2.25 million newly unemployed workers, and the general losses of work-hours, eliminated freelance gigs, and forced conversions of full-time jobs to part-time jobs, Obama’s message of “be ready to share it” is one that people can take to the polls in November.

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