Barack Obama and family will be making the rounds on even more covers once the September issues of the monthlies hit newsstands. First, the entire family will appear on the cover of Essence for an upbeat story by PBS newswoman Gwen Ifill. The magazine nailed the exclusive interview and photo shoot with sister Time Inc. title People that took place in Butte, Mont., during the Fourth of July and at the Obamas' home in Chicago in mid-June (People's Obama interview and photo shoot ran in its Aug. 4 issue). Among the highlights in the Essence story, Ifill reports from the campaign bus as the family travels to Montana, and how they interact with supporters and with each other. "The Obamas pride themselves on creating a family picture that is authentically black with shades of Norman Rockwell," she summarizes. Michelle Obama also discusses her family's relationship to its neighborhood on the south side of Chicago: "For all of this wonderful madness that comes along with our lives -- the Secret Service, the cars -- there are kids on Forty-seventh and King Drive who can walk two blocks and be that close for the first time to somebody who can be the president of the United States. I love that," she says.
The current issue of Ebony, meanwhile, features Michelle Obama by herself on the cover. She wore her own clothing for the shoot -- including a suit from favored designer Maria Pinto