Washington (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, appeared on ABC's "The View" on Monday to talk about the challenges military families face and urged Americans to do more to support them.
And since the show is known for casual chats, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden also discussed other subjects, such as how each woman reacts to political criticism of their husbands, the upcoming presidential race – even how President Obama, as a dad, is handling his oldest daughter's becoming a teenager.
Most of the talk focused on support for military families. In the audience were service members and their families, some of whom explained the challenges they face as they serve abroad while loved ones must care for family matters at home.
The issue is one that Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden have long been passionate about. Last week, the first lady and Mrs. Biden visited four states, in two days, to raise awareness about the needs of families of military service members.
"We're trying to expand public awareness. Because our military families sacrifice so much for us," the first lady said. "And most Americans are probably like I was. Not really recognizing the sacrifices and the challenges that these families make."
Obama said that the focus on the campaign, titled "Joining Forces: Taking Action to Serve America's Military Families," will be on employment, mental health and wellness for troops and their families and education.
Mrs. Biden urged Americans to commit to acts of kindness.
"Go to your schools or your churches or your communities and find out [who] the families who are," she said.
Mrs. Obama was asked to address some Americans who may be weary of war.
"I don't think anyone wants war. But there are times that it's necessary," she responded. "And if we want to live in a society where we have our freedoms protected, this is the one-percent that's making the sacrifice for all of us. It's part of our democracy."
"The View" hosts also questioned Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden about other issues. For example, both women were asked how they handle intense criticism of their husbands.
Mrs. Biden said, "30 years or more in political life, it just comes with the territory."
Mrs. Obama also shrugged off the criticisms.
"I think about all the good stuff," the first lady said. "What we have to do in this country is remember who we are."
Mrs. Obama continued: "Everybody has their detractors. And that's part of what the political process is all about. But we're one country. And I think people know that. They know that Joe and Barack are working hard for them. You may not agree but, you know, that's what I hold on to."
Are they ready for the grueling, upcoming presidential race?
"We're ready," Mrs. Obama responded.
In a lighter moment early in the interview, the first lady talked about her and the president's raising their two daughters in the spotlight.
How is the president doing as he watches his 12-year-old daughter, Malia, become a teenager?
"He says he's cool," Mrs. Obama responded.
"The first time Malia went out for a party – and she was dressed, right. She had her hair done. And she's tall. And she had on a pretty dress. You could see him. He was sort of like, Gulp! And I was like, 'Easy dad.' It's only the beginning."
Two women trying to HELP the people of this country.
The republican women just try to divide and incite riots.
Thank you ladies. Two beautiful fantastic women who have only been married to ONE MAN – ONE TIME in their lifetimes. How refreshing. What great role models they are. Keep up the good work. Women EVERYWHERE are proud of you.
The View.....those folks who watch that show hate the military......whats next obama and biden give the state of the union on Opra....what a sad way to get the news...and the president agenda...sad.....
I love the Obamas and the Bidens! Great work!
Come on advise and help from these two.. NO THANKS The DEM have hated the Military for years, this is just window dressing for Votes
Supporting the troops. A noble cause. I wonder if Palin will criticize the First Lady for this, too...
These two ladies make a wonderful tag team. I'm glad to see them standing up for military families while republicans in Congress are willing ot shutdown the government and hurt military families.
Great job ladies!! Need more in the public eye like you!
What is Michelle wearing? I really, really like her but her sense of style is way off for a first lady. This is hwat you wear to a Sunday picnick...
I believe that Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are doing the Lord's work supporting military families. Most military families have seen their loved ones be in voluntarily sent on numerous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. This has created unusual stress for the families and the men and women in uniform.
Who better to call America's attention to this crisis than the First ladies of the US.
Love our First and Second Lady.
Class acts with Americans' best interests at heart.
WOW! Two AMAZING women, and to the idiots posting that Dems hate the military, are you insane??? You DO realize that the republicans are the ones that are cutting funding to vets right?? The First Ladies have done more to help and bring awareness to military families than ANY OTHER First Lady, especially Laura Bush, who SHOULD have been doing a lot more than tea parties after what her husband did to our country! Thank you First Lady Obama and Biden, for your support of our familes!
And Republicans think THEY are the "Party of Family Values"? Michele Obama and Jill Biden represent American family values, not Bristol, Sarah, and Michele Bachmann, who are train wrecks. And Newt Gingrich and Donald T-Rump are an absolute Family Values Nightmare. Go Obama/Biden 2012!!
Why does a First Lady have to dress the way certain people, like you, think she should dress. She is not restricted to a certain dress code and people like you should let the woman be an " individual " in her own right. I just love it when people think they have the " right " to tell other people how they should dress because of their own dress code. It is 2011 for heaven sake.
Well said Bessy. And to you "Chris", I doubt you'd wear anything that classy to a picnic! Get real!
Love these classy ladies for all their efforts to bring attention to how neglectful our Country can be. Back in the day -not so long ago-it was all about "support our troops", which really was a cover up for we are going to do what we want to do and use this as a shield.