August 27th, 2008
02:57 PM ET
10 years ago

Michelle Obama: 'Not a policy person'


Watch Michelle Obama's exclusive comments to CNN.

DENVER (CNN) - In one of her first television interviews since addressing the Democratic convention Monday night, Michelle Obama continued to downplay the possibility of any role in husband Barack Obama’s prospective administration, telling CNN American Morning’s John Roberts that “I am not the policy person.”

“My whole background has really been in program development and taking on initiatives like service, so I don’t see myself taking on a significant policy role,” she said in a Thursday interview. “I think I think that if I could be a voice around a set of issues, work-family balance, making sure that we’re aware of the challenges that families are facing in this economy I think that’s the role that I can play.”

Obama, whose convention address focused on her family, told Roberts “I joke that my first job is going to be mommy because with little kids you know I have to make sure that their feet are on the ground. That’s going to be an important priority, as it has been during the course of this campaign.”

Obama also said the strain placed on military families — which she noted in her Monday night speech — would be also a top priority for her. Several weeks ago, she was featured at the public launch of a new campaign initiative to reach out to military families, and involve them in future campaign events.

“I’ve been having conversations with military spouses all around the country,” said Obama, who has held roundtables in several battleground states with large military populations. “Hearing their stories, the amount of mental stress that they’re under without any support. Not being able to hold down jobs because they are moving from place to place to place. And I was surprised at the challenges they face and I know that if more Americans heard those stories we would get some more attention and some more support for initiatives that are designed to help these families.”

Watch John Roberts' full interview with Michelle Obama Thursday on American Morning at 6 am ET.

soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Veronica

    Are you people serious Obama is the number one choice for presidant just because McCain was a POW doesnt mean he is ENTITLED to the presidancy we need someone who will stabelize this ecomomy and be a presidant for the people

    August 27, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. ERH

    I am a former military spouse (dependent) ,who throughly enjoyed my time in the military family. That time was bittersweet at retirement time when I was informed by my state that I would have to "buy" the eight years of teaching service (overseas) with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools, if I wanted it to count monetarily.

    Thank you Michelle, for remembering the military families. The many sacrifices that are being made by these families continue to remain unknown or unvalued.

    August 27, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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