Michelle Obama is a ‘single mother’: ‘He’s not making the calls to the dance studio’

Our first lady, Michelle Obama, covers this week’s issue of Parade Magazine, which will be out on Sunday. FLOTUS gave Parade an exclusive interview about her family, her hair, her Let’s Move initiative, turning 50 and whether she considers herself a “single mother” in the White House. It’s a decent interview:

On why she no longer sports the bangs that caused such a sensation.
You know, it’s hard to make speeches with hair in your face!

On why she chose a leadership role on the issue of childhood obesity in America.
When we started, there were people who were thinking, ‘Oh, that’s not an issue. Why is she picking that?’ But in a short amount of time we have turned a challenging problem into one where there are glimmers of hope and change. Our goal is to see the numbers reduced in a generation.

On thinking about where Malia will go to college.
You know, I am really trying to tone that way down. Because kids are under unreasonable pressure, and it can destroy a high school experience.

On the rules she has set for the Obama daughters as they grow older.
I give them as long a leash as they can handle. What I tell my kids is, I’m preparing you for college and for life. So, having independence, knowing how to set your own boundaries, figuring out how to make that balance. We still have screen time rules.

On whether her recent description of herself as “a single mother” was an acknowledgement of the pressure that comes with always making the decisions about her kids.
That’s absolutely right. When you have a husband or a partner who’s either traveling for work or has huge responsibility … and I give my husband credit—he knows who their friends are, he knows what their schedule is. But he’s not making the calls to the dance studio to figure out what classes they’re taking next year … I think it’s important for both parents to shoulder that [responsibility]. I tell my kids, “I am thinking about you every other minute of my day.”

On the approach of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.
I have immense hope. We just finished our visit to Africa and spent time on Robben Island with one of President Mandela’s cell-block mates. Mandela took a lot of the lessons from Dr. King’s time to heart … To come back to the United States, with an African-American president who has been influenced by both King and Mandela, that is a reason to be hopeful about all that Dr. King sacrificed.

On whether she thinks having an African-American family in the White House has moved the needle.
Absolutely. Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States. That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender. It expands the scope of opportunity in their minds. And that’s where change happens.

On whether there will be a female president in her lifetime.
Yes, I think the country is ready for it. It’s just a question of who’s the best person out there.

On whether she sees Secretary Clinton getting the job.
She hasn’t announced anything, so I’m certainly not going to get ahead of her. [laughs]

On whether she will ever run.

On her thoughts about turning 50 in January.
I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman. But I am constantly thinking about my own health and making sure that I’m eating right and getting exercise and watching the aches and pains. I want to be this really fly 80-, 90-year old.

[From Parade]

I like how matter-of-fact Michelle is about not running for political office. I remember when Hillary Clinton would deny those stories when she was first lady too, only you knew Hillary was lying and she always wanted to run for office. I get the feeling that Michelle really doesn’t want to at all. She doesn’t want to be a public person. And I’m so glad she growing out her bangs! That was just a terrible look for her.

By the way, did you hear about the report in which it seems like Michelle’s Let’s Move initiative is actually working in many states? Michelle’s signature issue – exercise and healthy eating for kids – is actually making a difference. Obesity rates among children have dropped significantly in 19 states for the first time in decades, according to the CDC. You can read more about it here.

Photos courtesy of FLOTUS Twitter, Parade.

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  1. Anna says:

    Love this interview and she looks fantastic. I want to be a fly 50-year old as she is, when I get up there in age.

  2. Liv says:

    I just love her. She seems like such a nice and cool woman – definitely one to look up to.

    And their dog looks super funny ;-)

  3. T.fanty says:

    Michele Obama is amazing. She’s such a great First Lady.

    • Bubbles says:

      She is great, although I liked Hilary better. Healthcare was/is a more important subject. Hope she will become president in 2016.
      It is so fascinating how much exposure the First Family gets, it’s like The Us has its own version of royalty.
      In my country no one cares about the politicians personal life.
      Oh, and I loved the bangs.

  4. Turtle Dove says:

    Michelle is a woman to admire.

  5. Erinn says:

    I never noticed how short the Portuguese water dog’s ears are. Bo’s got some helmet hair going on there.

    And I love this woman, but I’m just on a dog kick – 4 more weeks until we bring our puppy home :D

  6. truthSF says:

    Wow, what a refreshing interview.

  7. Sixer says:

    What I like about her is that she’s trying to bring up CHILDREN but also looking to develop ADULTS. It’s a tricky balance at the best of times but when you’re FLOTUS (love that!) it must be nigh on impossible.

  8. Diana says:

    I love this woman! What a role model!!

  9. Kiddo says:

    I really like her. I think she’d never run for office because politicking is too much bullshit and I think she is too genuine and real for that.

  10. epiphany says:

    glad to hear flotus has no political aspirations _ i bet she misses her privacy.
    this isn` the first time flotus has referred to herself as a single, and discussed how she and the girls live a good deal of their lives apart from potus. imo their marriage is not a happy one, and it wouldn`t surprise me if they divorced when he`s out of office.

  11. mzizkrizten says:

    She kind of shaded Mr.P there with those single mother comments. I wonder if he tsk tsk’d her a bit.

  12. Beth says:

    I appreciate her trying to relate, but as someone who used to be a single mom, I don’t think she can fully relate to it because there are other things involved. For example, financial problems and stigma are among the most difficult things about being a single mom, and without that experience, all the compassion in the world won’t make someone fully understand what it’s like.

  13. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I like her generally, but I think for this privileged, married woman with a secure financial future, a husband who loves her and their children and a staff of dozens to compare herself to a single mother simply because she has a busy husband is insensitive and ridiculous. Many single mothers have to bear all of the emotional, financial and practical burdens of motherhood alone, and I have never been in that position, but I would imagine that it can be much more lonely and fraught with anxiety than anything she has experienced because Barack isn’t arranging the dance lessons.

    • Naye in VA says:

      I am a single mother and I was prepared to hate, but she is spot on. There are many women who don’t have to bear the brunt of the finances, but are still single mothers (ex. rapper baby mamas). Anytime that one parent is almost exclusively raising the children, or the parents make separate decisions on a day to day basis, they are a single parent.

      Single parent, however, is different from ONLY parent, which sadly, a lot of women are. They bear the enitre financial responsibility in addition to raising the kids alone. I’m pretty much an only parent, except for the fact that I facilitate the relationship b/t my daughter and her father. They love each other, and that’s about the extent of his involvement. He likes to think he makes some decision but until he starts paying me, he doesnt.

      • Boxy Lady says:

        I’m not hating either. I grew up with married parents but Dad was in the military and wasn’t home much. I could definitely characterize Mom as a single mother in those days because she was alone and did everything.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Your points are well made, and I see your distinction between a single parent and an only parent, and think it is important, but I still disagree that she is the equivalent of a single mother. She has a loving, committed relationship with the children’s father to fall back on in a crisis. She may be making minor, practical decisions on her own, but if something serious came up, I believe he would be there for her. A single mother doesn’t have that support in most cases.
        I wish you all the best with everything, and hope you can get some financial support from your daughter’s father. I think you sound very brave and unselfish to facilitate the relationship between them under the circumstances.
        @Boxy Lady
        I agree that military parents are single parents while their spouses are deployed.
        I never said I hated her. I just disagree with her on this point.

      • MaiGirl says:

        I agree that we shouldn’t split too many hairs on her comment about being like a single parent. I think that a lot of fairly privileged women with husbands who have very busy careers have a much higher parenting burden, not exactly like single mothers, but with a similar level of autonomy. Living and working in a privileged university town, I often see that it’s the wives that manage the family while their husbands do research, teach, travel (unfortunately, while there are a fair number of female professors, the system still favors males with wives who do everything domestic). Having come from humble beginnings with few resources, I really don’t think Michelle was implying that the financial and social pressures of most single mothers is the same as what she is facing.

      • Kim says:

        Single means you are not married period. Lets be real most women, married or single, do the brunt of child raising but the definition of single means unmarried.

    • lisa says:

      yes, it is insulting to actual single mothers. i know everyone here seems to love her for whatever reason but this same quote from most other people would bring out a lot of well deserved hate

    • HH says:

      While Michelle chose the wrong words, people are not really paying attention to her elaboration of the original statement. IMO, her single mother comment really meant at times she felt as thought she’s been “parenting” alone. Michelle is an intelligent woman, and not for one second do I believe she thinks she can truly equivocate her experiences to that of a single mother.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Exactly, HH. I think you summed it up very well.

      • Kim says:

        Then she needs to clarify. She is an educated woman surely she knows how to iterate what she means doesnt she? Saying she is a single mother is not true and misleading.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Kim, she DID clarify even before she finished her sentance!!!!

        “Believe me, as a busy single mother,” Michelle Obama told Vermont CBS affiliate WCAX, before catching herself. “Or, I shouldn’t say single, as a busy mother.”

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Look, I like her, but I’m going by what she said in the interview on this post. She could have said, “I misspoke when I referred to myself as a single mother.” She didn’t. She further explained what she meant by using that expression:

        On whether her recent description of herself as “a single mother” was an acknowledgement of the pressure that comes with always making the decisions about her kids.
        That’s absolutely right. When you have a husband or a partner who’s either traveling for work or has huge responsibility … and I give my husband credit—he knows who their friends are, he knows what their schedule is. But he’s not making the calls to the dance studio to figure out what classes they’re taking next year … I think it’s important for both parents to shoulder that [responsibility]. I tell my kids, “I am thinking about you every other minute of my day.”

      • Tiffany :) says:

        GoodNamesAllTaken, the first part of what you posted wasn’t stated by Michelle or the interviewer. It was a CB summary/interpretation.

        This: “On whether her recent description of herself as “a single mother” was an acknowledgement of the pressure that comes with always making the decisions about her kids”…didn’t come from the interview.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Thank you, Tiffany. I should have realized that. But unless CB misunderstood the interviewer’s question, my point is the same.

  14. Esti says:

    I love her so much. And while I get why they got in the way, I liked the bangs, too.

  15. doofus says:


    and a big IN YOUR FACE! to the folks that were making fun of her initiative to get and keep kids healthy. obesity is such a problem today (especially for kids) and she took such crap from people for trying to do a good thing.

    • Suze says:

      My personal theory is that the “Lets Move” campaign worked – to a degree – because it did not focus on weight. Rather it focused on activity (not structured sports, but daily activity) and healthy eating.

      In other words, it focused on health. The weight issue was secondary. And attacking kids for their weight is highly, highly sensitive, but focusing on health is incredibly sensible.

      It was a well thought out initiative and I give Mrs. Obama and her team huge props for that.

      • MaiGirl says:

        I agree. But also, her gun show is so inspiring! It’s hard not to listen to someone who so clearly makes fitness a major part of her life without any sort of detrimental body image. She has cut arms, but she also has larger hips and a booty like a lot of women. I love that she has a fit body that isn’t super skinny and unrealistic.

  16. Jayna says:

    Please. My dad never made those calls and didn’t even know our schedules, really. Mom did all of that. Mom was not a single parent. Neither is Michelle. I do love her childhood obesity work, though.

    I love that dog so much.

    • Erica says:

      Right? It’s called dividing responsibilities or being in a partnership. I totally agree.

    • emmie_a says:

      I’m even guessing that Michelle isn’t making those calls either. She has a large staff and I’m sure she’s doling out the calls to others. Granted she still has to assign the tasks but she has a staff to help her be a ‘single parent’ . And her mother helps out as well. She’s getting zero sympathy from me. The benefits she gets from being FLOTUS outweigh these sorts of things.

      • Venus says:

        And her husband is the freaking president of the United States, for crying out loud. I certainly hope he’s too busy to call the dance studio — the president shouldn’t have the time to be a super hands-on parent. I think it’s ridiculous that she complains about him being too busy for that stuff.

    • Noodle says:

      I had to laugh at this. I write down EVERYTHING in our childrens’ schedules because– if something happened to me (sick, injured or worse), he would be totally lost. Even now, when we’re out, I do things such as point out their dentist.

      He works 50+ hours a week (including weekends) so he gets a pass, but he still needs to KNOW about what needs to get done.

  17. bettyrose says:

    Her arms are so amazing. More to the point she is no Hillary. She has always been her own person with her own goals, never banking on his success to carry her.

  18. Sisi says:

    this is a nice interview, a lovely change between all the post about the Mileys, the Biebers and the Gaga’s of our time.
    The slightly older generation are so much more interesting to read about.

    Am I showing my age?

    Michelle is lovely.

  19. Erica says:

    Give me a break. This woman is not a single mother and I think it’s crazy that women who are actually single mothers aren’t insulted by her claiming that she is. There are so many married women out there who bear the majority of the responsibility when it comes to the children because the father works so much. That doesn’t make them single, it’s called a division of responsibilities. You have to call the dance studio because your husband is busy putting food on the table, that’s a perfectly normal marriage and partnership. By her argument, every woman who stays at home and takes the majority if responsibility for raising the children is a single mother.

    • Suze says:

      Is she making an argument though? I don’t get that from this excerpt at all. She was just explaining her statement, not making a blanket case for single parenthood.

    • JL says:

      She seems like a nice woman, BUT she isn’t a single mom.

      She’s the wealthy wife of a successful man raising kids with every resource she needs and no financial worries, no household chores, no mundane laundry to do etc….

      Nice thought, good ratings move, but NO she’s not your run of the mill single mom.

      Does it occur to anyone that reference makes single moms look bad since they may not be as “pulled together” as she is – Michelle doesn’t have those issues, why do you?

      • Emily C. says:


        I have been seeing married women claiming they were “single moms” all over the place lately. No. You have, at the very least, income from your husband. You don’t have to deal with organizing child support and visitation. You don’t have to deal with the stigma. You have someone to support you.

        I expect the president is an extraordinarily busy man. He’s one of the few men in the country I can give a pass to for not doing half the childcare. But Michelle Obama isn’t going it alone, either. Not only is she in what seems to be a happy marriage, but she also has lots of help from the people around her. This was an ignorant comment for her to make.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        She’s not claiming to be a “run of the mill single mom”.

    • Aras says:

      People like to get up in arms about the FLOTUS’ slip of the tongue in that interview back in the Spring, but she also went on to say that even before Barack was President Obama (i.e., when she was also working full-time) it was the same way. Everybody’s talking about it being a “division of responsibility,” and how Michelle has no right to even make that slip-up comparison, but it’s interesting that when both parents work, the expectation is that most of the children’s activities responsibility fall on the mother.

      To refresh some memories, FLOTUS said in that April interview, “But as a busy working mom, and before coming to the White House, I was in that position, you know, as well. Working, driving kids to practice, not having enough time to shop or cook, not having the energy, you know, the resources weren’t the issue but time and energy is key.”

      That’s key. That doesn’t sound like a “division of responsibility” to me if she’s expected to work full-time outside of the home as well as inside of the home. :/

      • MaiGirl says:

        Yes. The “second shift” thing is still very real. Since she doesn’t work in that same way anymore, things have changed a bit, but there are still LOTS of women who work just as hard as their husbands and still take the major role in family affairs, and that needs to change.

  20. HoustonGrl says:

    I liked her bangs, but she’s right about the speeches (take note, kate middleton). As far as the “single” mom thing, I’m sure that Michelle has plenty of help and that she’s not a “single” mom in the traditional sense of the word. However, I’m sure Barack is mostly absent and that can’t be easy for their family.

    I think she took a lot of flack for the childhood obesity thing, but this is a huge problem in our country and I wish people would just admit that. It is plainly awful that a child would suffer from obesity at a time when their body should be the least of their concerns.

  21. emmie_a says:

    The numbers from the CDC don’t mean too much. The CDC is a very political organization. It’s all about politics. If they want it to look like Michelle’s program is working, they will. And vice versa.

    • GG says:

      Everything is political for some people.

    • Lucinda says:

      The article cited also doesn’t say it’s because of her program, but rather a combination of three different trends, one of which her program is a part of. So to give Michelle Obama the credit for this small decline is not really fair. She’s part of the solution but certainly not the majority of the solution.

      “Officials said the decline was most likely attributed to three broad trends. More fresh fruit and vegetables instead of sugar-laden juices are among the healthier foods recently mandated in federally funded maternal- and child-nutrition programs. An increase in breast-feeding, which some research associates with lower risk of obesity, and greater public awareness of health and physical fitness programs are also making a difference.”

    • doofus says:

      “The CDC is a very political organization.”

      What makes you say that? I’ve never heard that about that particular federal agency before, so I’m curious as to what leads you to that conclusion.

  22. Mikaela says:

    She is not a single mom and to say so is insulting. Even if the comment were made a while ago, she should have backed up off of it in this interview and acknowledge that she misspoke. This bitch is just backing up her claim that she is a single mom. I still like her but I’m giving her the side eye :/

  23. Ginger says:

    The initiative is working in my son’s school. They are definitely eating healthier. I hope the trend continues.

  24. Dommy Dearest says:

    No no no no no no. I AM a single mother. Not a woman sitting in the White House having every single thing paid for me. I just disliked this woman but now f*ck this bitch. Looking like Baracka from Mortal Kombat trying to sound like all these idiot female celebrities with the world available to them. Oh the trails and hardships you must endure while your husband and his Wall Street buddies continue to screw up the country.

    Seriously, eff off.

    • Rosemary says:

      Thank you.
      This is so insulting.
      She really has poop for brains.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I find it odd when people take a person speaking about their own challenges, and then compare it to themselves in order to get offended. MO wasn’t saying she is worse off than typical single moms, she was just speaking about her experience.

      • Finn says:

        Her experience IS NOT AS A SINGLE MUM!!!

      • Tiffany :) says:

        She did not pretend to be a typical single mom, but she was saying there are some aspects of single motherhood that she shared.

      • Dena says:

        Me too. I had been wondering if I am the only person who doesn’t do a straight literal comparison of my life to others. The issue really comes up when the subject is moms, parenting or babies. And the someone always ends feeling bad or shamed, which is ridiculous because no two lives are lived the same, backgrounds and environments are different.

        I think people are being too literal when they read her comments. What is inferred is that in a relationship where the expe tation is a partnership, especially with the kids, she is feeling single.

        For all the single moms out there “rock on.” It’s not easy but I am sure you are holding it down tbe best way you can and know how to do.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        From reading the comments, it’s very clear that 75% of the people here just read the heading and not the actual interview.

        Please don’t let your politics impede basic common sense.

    • Dommy Dearest says:

      For her to even mention say she has anything NEAR a single mom type life is just flat out insulting. There are thousands of single mothers, much much more, who have to work, pay their own bills, raise their kids, and worry every day that they’ll have enough money to spurge on an outfit. Her husband has pushed the economy in an even worse state and she seriously has the audacity to even try to ‘reach out’ to the community that does everything on their own? Pffft. It’s the same way January Jones tried to say she was like all the other single moms out there. None of them know the actual struggle and it just makes them look like absolute delusional idiots- all of the celebrities who claim this.

  25. babythestarsshinebrite says:

    Such a beautiful woman! Still so happy Michelle is my first lady :)

  26. bettyrose says:

    I think the single mom comments are a reflection of her still struggling with being the unequal partner in their union. She was once his boss and now she’s a housewife. Obviously she is very supportive of his role in this historical presidency, but it must be a hard adjustment with some emotional impact on her.

  27. lisa says:

    i dont see how she is different than any of the other professional women i know, no better or worse

    i have no ill will toward her but i dont get the love

  28. TheOriginalWaffle says:

    Cute selfie.

    Obviously, I’m no single mother, so don’t flame me, but what I think is interesting about that comment is that she assumes that dads calling the dance studio SHOULD be a part of normal two-part parenting. Think about that as a mindset shift.

    I bet she can’t wait to get back to work.

  29. Angie says:

    I think they are married on paper only at this point, for the sake of his career as POTUS, and she cant simply scream that from the rooftops because she does love the father of her children and a separation while he is in office would ruin him.

    Her single mother remark was a glaring slip of the tongue, nothing more. It really stuck me how un-enthused she was the night Obama was re-elected. She seemed happy for him, but emotionally checked out. He tried to hold her hand several times, and she promptly let go as soon as the opportunity presented itself. It was very showy and forced, and it broke my heart to see it. Anyone who doubts it should go back and watch. I googled not long after, and found that she’d described herself as a single mother. This pretty much confirmed it for me. Even if you’re doing most of the work, because your husband is the president, you don’t misuse a word like single when youve been married that long. We all know what single means – we know it and she knows it.

    I know how she has tried to re-frame what she meant, but it doesn’t make sense, sorry, and I dont think she’d be that insensitive to single mothers unless admitting to the alternative is worse.

    I believe she is a ‘single’ mother and she is not in a relationship with Barack any longer — I think the end of their romantic relationship was some time during his first term, and once he is out of office, the end of their contractual marriage will follow.

    • Greta says:

      ITA – It’s code. She is a politician, as much as her husband. She made that statement for a reason. I believe you are right about their marriage. And because she is a savvy politician, she said 2 things in this interview to prepare for her future. This was one. The other was “no”. She has positioned herself since the inauguration to run for some kind of office. The makeover, the softer look, is part of it, like appearing on the Academy Awards, like making rap music. She’s gearing up for some kind of powerful position. The President will probably be happy to play golf for the rest of his life. She’s too ambitious to retire. Time will tell.

    • whatevs says:

      LMAO “married on paper only” mmmkay. If that gives you trhe warm fuzzies. You picked election night to say heres the evidence…..why dont you ALSO pick the DC convention night when MO gave her speech. If ever you wanted to see a woman in love with her husband, go have a look. And btw, compare it to romney’s wife’s speech at their convention. LOL

    • Bird says:

      BS. My cousin is completely devoted to and in love with her husband. She also likens herself to a single mother because he works so much at his high-powered job that he is never home and nearly all the parenting is done by her. You are reading way too much into this.

  30. ladybert62 says:

    I love Bo

    I never did like those bangs

    I think she should quit complaining about him (and I don’t even like him)

  31. The Original Mia says:

    My mom was married, but she made the decisions regarding my education and health. My dad was basically along for the ride. So, I do understand what Mrs. Obama is saying. No slight intended to true single parents, though I’m sure some will be offended.

  32. Finn says:

    A single mother? Ha. I’m a single mother. When Michelle has to start worrying about financially supporting her kids alone in addition to doing everything herself maybe she will get a taste of how hard it is – but to think she has it tough now?! Please!

  33. Ag says:

    FLOTUS is so cool, grounded, and eloquent. And has kick-ass arms. :)

  34. bravocueen says:

    I was a single mother, then an army wife. When my husband was deployed to a war zone, I felt the emotional support the few times we could connect (I think single mothers have it harder in a lot of ways). I oft thought of the army wives many years before me whose husbands would leave for war and they would go months without a word of their health or safety. I can’t stand MO or her husband but the dog is pretty cute.

  35. LaurieH says:

    I am not a fan of the Obama’s politics, including Michelle, but on a personal level she’s quite lovely and I desperately envy her arms. You can tell she is level-headed and, in terms of parenting, both she and her husband are quite traditional. Their girls are utterly adorable. I think they do a great job, all things considered, at normalizing things for the girls (who no doubt will turn out great). Outside of my disagreement with her on policy positions (which is just a matter of perspective anyway), I really admire Michelle. She has been a very successful First Lady and role model.

  36. Claudia says:

    I get what she’s saying. When my parents were married, my dad was always traveling for work. He was rarely ever home, so it was my mom who made most or all of the decisions and took on the child-rearing duties. This was while she had a full-time job too. Yes, my mom had my dad’s income to rely on and ultimately he was home eventually (maybe one week every two months)… but to wave away how hard it was for her is to discredit what so many women go through. The division of responsibilities, for most people, continues to be unequal. Why does it always fall on the woman? My mom really struggled, and she felt so alone through it all. She was always the one who was expected to stay home if my brother or I got sick, and if she ever managed to come to any school-related event or PTA meeting (rare)– she had to come alone.

    I believe that while yes, the Obamas have staff to support them, Michelle is a hands-on parent.

  37. Evyn says:


  38. anw2013 says:

    I strongly dislike you, flotus’ cannot wait to see you and potus packing your bags and your $500 dollar shoes. Really really dislike you.

  39. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    It would be interesting to see MO in a debate with Tom Cruise in a reality show that would be called Celebridebate. The viewers could pick the “Be it resolved….” and they could debate on the fly.

  40. greenmad says:

    Actually I would really like to read an autobiography about Michelle. I think she has been through alot just like Obama to get where she is but I wish she was more friendly towards Oprah if the rumour is true.

  41. blaize says:

    I think people are being a little too uptight about her just expressing her feelings and I suspect that part of it is because SOME people (cough, cough: disgruntled conservatives) are allowing their political sides to influence their opinion :o

  42. Fwozbo says:

    Though I didn’t vote for her I do respect her ‘single mom’ comment even though she might have chosen the wrong words to describe her situation. Reggie Love just admitted he spends more time playing cards and golfing with the Pres than probably MO spends with her husband. I think she feels abandoned and very unloved by the Pres and the only words she could find to describe that was ‘single mom’. I am trying to figure out a more appropriate term for her situation but can’t at the moment. Maybe she should just have said I feel very alone.

  43. mystified says:

    Feel free to feel sorry for. Michelle, but my guess is that military wives have it much worse.

    Not only do they have a spouse who is physically absent and in harms way, they don’t get to be on the cover of Parade where everyone tells them how much they are admired.

  44. homegrrl says:

    then why did Obama hire the lawyer for Monsanto as the head of the FDA? Gmo foods, genetically modified sugar beets, soy, corn, etc, that all contributes and causes obesity. The health of every american is determined by the zip code, and if only crap food is available, then there is poor health, obesity diabetes etc.

    If she wanted to make a statement the Obamas wouldnt tolerate the Monsanto employees regulating the Food and Drug Admin.