Ann Romney: Michelle Obama is 'lovely'
May 11th, 2012
11:06 AM ET
3 years ago

Ann Romney: Michelle Obama is 'lovely'

(CNN) - Eying to be the next first lady, Ann Romney offered praise for the current first lady and said Michelle Obama does a good job handling the pressure of having a husband in the White House.

"I think she's lovely," Ann Romney, wife of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, said in a Fox News interview aired Friday.

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She added the first lady's role "is a very difficult position to be in," one in which the husband faces "enormous scrutiny all the time."

Ann Romney praised Michelle Obama for keeping her calm and having "composure."

"We appreciate that and see that in her," she said.

Michelle Obama, herself, became one of the first high-profile figures to back Ann Romney in April after a Democratic strategist accused her of having "never worked a day in her life" as a stay-at-home mother.

"Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected," Michelle Obama posted on Twitter.

Also in the interview Friday, Ann Romney touched on the selection process of her husband's potential running-mate. She said it "always fun to talk about" but joked "it's not like I'm his advisor," offering no inside details on the search.

Asked however, if it was import for the wife of his vice presidential pick to be someone she could get along with, Ann Romney said: "Well that would be a plus, but I don't think that will be part of the discussion."


Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • Michelle Obama
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    That was a classy comment from a classy lady, unlike the classless Sarah Palin!

    May 11, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Jolly

    Ann Romney: Michelle Obama is 'lovely' she is not only lovely but she is also a woman of faith married to a great man who happens to be a lousy President.

    May 11, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Ann Romney is a real class act. She will make a GREAT first lady. I'm sure she's been proud of her country her whole life.

    May 11, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Bill

    How quaint. And by the way Ann, it is not "your turn". Sorry to say you will never live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    May 11, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Nobama

    Ann Romney is lovely, too.

    She will make a great first lady, as MO does.

    I am Ann will be our next first lady comes November!!

    May 11, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Nobama

    Ann Romney is lovely, too.

    She will make a great first lady, as MO does.

    I am absolutely sure Ann will be our next first lady comes November!!

    May 11, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Four and The Door

    Although I will be the first one to say it should not be any consideration when considering who to vote for, Ann Romney is a genuinely classy woman from everything we have seen about her.

    May 11, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Woman In California

    What no "poor Ann" stories. It seems she's looking to attract some of Michelle's character. I'm still NOT impressed with her. Vain, spoiled and lazy. Not traits, I'm looking for in a First Lady.

    May 11, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. barbara gooch

    Mrs. Roney is a real lady.

    May 11, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Joi Gibson

    This is one thing me and Mrs. Romney agree on – Michelle Obama IS lovely!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012

    May 11, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "it's not like I'm his advisor,"
    -Ann Doublethink

    "We're each other's best friends and closest advisors."
    -Michelle Obama

    Go ahead, google it...I'm not making it up. Now, just let the contrast speak for itself.

    May 11, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Ryan-MN

    This is the type of rhetoric and respect that we should expect out of all the elected officials. Nicely done Mrs. Romney and our First Lady.

    May 11, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Woman In California

    BTW Ann – did you think your husband was "funny" and a "prankster" when he assaulted his former classmate?

    I can't tell you how "funny" I thought that was.

    May 11, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Gimmeabreak!

    "We're each other's best friends and closest advisors."
    -Michelle Obama
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    Ah, Michelle - so we have YOU to thank for the mess we're in. Thanks a lot!

    May 11, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Woman In California

    "I think she's lovely," Ann Romney, wife of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee,

    Until you see your husband "losing" AGAING and then your TRUE colors will prevail. Any $10,000 bets?

    May 11, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Linda

    Michelle is a wonderful First Lady and has shown that she is truely a real lady.....unlike the vile comments made about her by the Republican Party and Tea Party that have referred to her in such mean sprited comments like Rush Limbaugh and the people of America that can't stand the fact that this First Black Frist Lady stands up equally if not about some other the other First Ladies and certainly above the Republican women that have run for Political office

    May 11, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Thomas

    @Bush 2012 – BEND Over America, take another 8 years of FAILURE
    Ann Romney is a real class act. She will make a GREAT first lady. I'm sure she's been proud of her country her whole life.

    Laura Bush, was a class act as well , her Husband wasn't !

    Mitt Romney 2012
    The bullying starts at the top !

    May 11, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Woman In California
    What no "poor Ann" stories. It seems she's looking to attract some of Michelle's character. I'm still NOT impressed with her. Vain, spoiled and lazy. Not traits, I'm looking for in a First Lady.
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    Now this is the perfect example of a woman with absolutely NO class.

    May 11, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    How about we focus on the candidates here... This isn't really relevant to the election of the president (or next one).

    May 11, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. JustWho

    Quite a condescending comment from someone who is supposed to be 'educated'

    May 11, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Angel

    Flattery will get you nowhere.

    May 11, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. G

    Michele Obama for Flotus 2012.

    May 11, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. RINO Bil

    Neither Michelle nor Ann are office holders, nor do they have any responsibilitites under the Consitution. As such, their views are those of the average citizen and their opinions carry little, if any, weight.

    Therefore both are irrelevant for the purposes of this presidential campaign.

    May 11, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. NVa Native

    Low-life right-wing nutts attack anyone and everyone who has a different opinion than their own. To the GOP cave-people the First Ladies and their families are fair game – as they proven with their sleazy behavior toward the Clinton & Obama families.
    Mrs. Romney at this time seems to be an exception, let’s “hope” she doesn’t “change”.

    May 11, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. The REAL Truth...

    @Four – "Although I will be the first one to say it should not be any consideration when considering who to vote for, Ann Romney is a genuinely classy woman from everything we have seen about her."
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    Classy or not, she's totally out of touch (as is Mittens) about family issues and the challenges that face the average working family. Totally clueless....

    May 11, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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