Michelle Obama: I can make the president mad
September 24th, 2012
06:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Michelle Obama: I can make the president mad

New York (CNN) – He may be known for his cool temperament, but the first lady can bring out another side of President Barack Obama.

"I can make him mad any number of ways," Michelle Obama told ABC's "The View" in an interview set to air Tuesday.

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According to the president, she does it by "being thoroughly unreasonable," which sometimes elicits a raise of her husband's voice.

"You try to keep an even keel during the day," Obama said, as written in pool reports. "But there are times, after the day is done, when it comes out."

Obama is in New York to speak at the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative Tuesday, where he is expected to address the recent attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Although the president has refrained from characterizing the attack as an act of terrorism, he told "The View" co-hosts America will not "shrink back from the world" because of the attack.

"We are going to hunt down those who did this. We will bring them to justice. We will make sure that we do everything we have to do to protect our embassies and our diplomatic posts," he said. "But we're going to stay engaged."

The first couple, who held hands throughout the interview, will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary on the night of the first presidential debate on October 3. President Obama said they will likely celebrate the occasion the following weekend. Debate night will focus around his first one-on-one match-up against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

When asked what a potential President Romney would mean for the United States, Obama said "We can survive a lot, but the American people don't want to just survive, we want to thrive," before pointing to the two men's different visions for the country.

Romney recently pounced on comments Obama made during a Univision town hall, where the president claimed Washington is changed from the outside. But the president stood by the remarks when questioned by co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a known critic of Obama.

"The idea was you can't change Washington from the inside," he said. "You've got to mobilize the American people. When ordinary people are engaged and paying attention, that's when Congress responds. We can't play just an inside game."

But the first lady said she is the one with the "best job."

"I don't have to make the hard decisions," she said.

The president also said his role in his daughter's lives is changing as they get older.

"They're now at the point where they still love their daddy, but they come in strategically," he said.

Malia, 14, is "turning into a night owl like me," he said, adding that she doesn't need to be tucked in anymore.

Michelle Obama said she's looking forward to a "long vacation" when their time in the White House is over.

"The thing I think I would enjoy the most is spending time working with kids," the president said. "Just giving young people the sense of possibility, of opportunity."

But he added, "first things first here, we do have an election ahead."


Filed under: 2012 • Michelle Obama • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Steve- Illinois

    Michelle is looking for a long vacation once thay leave the white house? Poor thing. And you libs think Romney is out of touch?

    September 24, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  2. Texas Gal

    Gorgeous couple! They represent our country amazingly! Four more years!!

    September 24, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  3. petena

    Role model.

    September 24, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. Name alethe

    Elizabeth is simply just being a republican she's clearly not a fan of Rommney – by the way who could be – most repo's are distancing themselves from him – he's just in it to win it like a game or something .

    September 24, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. DumBari Deezua

    Great couple, great Presidency! I couldn't stop listening to President Obama. What an excellent merger of strength and diplomacy by a cool, calm and collected President!

    I hope the President will use the first debate to explain to the American people why we do not need anymore tax cuts for the wealthy. And not just because the rich is doing fine, but have to explain how the supply side of our economy is doing just fine because there is nothing anyone wants to buy in the world today that is not on the market in America. The thing that is lacking is the cash to purchase what the American families need. What that means is that the problem we have in America is on the demand side, not the supply side of our economy. And that is the reason we need to shore-up the demand side of our economy (that is the consumers) and not the billionares who are going to get our tax dollars (tax-cuts) and take them overseas to make more money on cheap labor and unregulated working conditions while we stay unemployed in America. That "kill them before they grow" economic policy in America has to stop.

    September 24, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  6. Rick Springfield

    The View and ABC have decided to get directly involved in the re-election campaign of Obama. They scheduled both of them on and off throughout the season. They intentionally did NOT schedule any of the Romney camp. Because of the editorial nature of the show, they feel they do not have to conform to equal time laws. It will most likely be up to the courts to decide if they are in violation of federal laws.

    September 24, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  7. TPF

    The First Lady makes everyone that truly cares about America mad.

    September 24, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  8. ClaudiaL

    I'm sorry I missed the show. It's hard to imagine anyone being in the White House besides the beautiful Michelle Obama & our awesome President Obama.

    September 24, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  9. DCPam

    I have to admit...they are a cute couple!

    September 24, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  10. limeade46

    Beautiful first couple!

    September 24, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  11. Patines

    Looking foreward to ""The View"

    September 24, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  12. iTeach

    I love them!

    September 25, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  13. jamal

    Why is our president on "the view" when there is turmoil in the middle east?

    September 25, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  14. alain

    The Presidential chair in the White House should have a sticker on it.. "LEADER WANTED'.
    Its a shame that this country is missing a leader in a time of need. On CBS they said its the first time in 20 years that a US president has not had one on one meetings with the World leaders gathered in NY.
    But he has time for day time TV.. instead of doing his presidential duties.

    September 25, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  15. J Cooks

    The President has many difficult task running a Country is one the most demanding is raising two teenager daughters.

    September 25, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  16. realist

    I threw up in my mouth a little bit looking at that picture.

    September 25, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  17. ronjayaz

    Some have criticized our President as preferring THE VIEW than personally interviewing with BIbi, who is disgracefully interfering into our elections in an openly negative way to embarrass our President. Being on the VIEW will get the President more votes than he cud ever get from the Israeli supporters who are much smarter than Bibi thinks and more American than he thinks. And I've always been so impressed by Bibi's mastery of ESL, almost native sounding-indicative of liking America, which he shud. We've given a lot to Israel–9/11 saw NYC's most Jewish city in the world destroyed because of our uneven support of Israel.

    September 25, 2012 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  18. sarah

    The President goes on the view while the UN is in session? TRASH.

    September 25, 2012 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  19. eville11

    I think I would vote for a President that didn't campaign, or a nominee for that matter, and stayed at the wheel. that'd be honorable and show integrity.. in some lines of work. Unfortunately, politics is so much dog and pony.
    First things first though there's an election ahead.... uh huh, you know .. I want to keep my job, by getting out of the office and showing myself to the public and giving feel good speeches and interviews. ( Which isn't really part of my job.... )
    politics is great isn't it.

    September 25, 2012 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  20. Neil

    Plenty of time for the hollywood crowd, but no time for the U.N. world leaders.
    Says a lot of this Prez

    September 25, 2012 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  21. David Marriott

    Mooseshell can and has made everyone mad at one time or another! .....so what else is new?

    September 25, 2012 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  22. RBSG

    Wouldn't it be fun if Michelle Obama and Ann Romney got 1 debate too? LOL Ann Romney would run off stage in tears, yelling "Stop! This is so hard!"

    September 25, 2012 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  23. me

    Is Goldberg actually wearing JEANS to sit down and have a conversation with the President of the United States? Regardless of one's politics, that is totally unacceptable.

    September 25, 2012 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  24. Marry

    We did survive the Bush years and we want to thrive! And we do have an election ahead to tell the Party of “NO” what we want! So, you’re registered? You got your voter ID ready? Then let’s get out and vote for the President and a strait Democratic ticket from the “outside” to get the GOP/TP and R+R out of Washington and out of the way so we can all thrive!!!

    September 25, 2012 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  25. Johnnie Shields

    I feel that we should give our President 4 more years. Why because he revived the auto industry. he introduced a good heath insurance system. If the Republicans didn't fight him so hard on issues instead of trying so hard to make him a one term president we will be in better shape. I just can't for Oct 3rd the 1st Pidential debate, Rommeny is for the rich, he doesn't care about the middle class or the poor folks. I'm a die hard Democrat.

    September 25, 2012 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
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