Michelle Obama Nears Milestone Birthday

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nearing a milestone birthday, Michelle Obama exuberantly describes herself as “50 and fabulous.” She’s celebrating already and a big birthday bash is in the works.

The nation’s first lady hits the half-century mark on Friday and, by her own account, she feels more relaxed now that President Barack Obama’s days as a candidate are over.

“That layer is gone now. It gives me a little more room to breathe,” she told an interviewer.

Nearly five years after assuming the first lady’s role following a bruising campaign in which she sometimes became a target, Mrs. Obama is showing increased comfort in what amounts to a volunteer position with a host of responsibilities and outsized expectations. Not to mention a sometimes-unforgiving spotlight.

“I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman,” the first lady told Parade magazine when asked about the…

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