Denver (CNN) - Watching her husband during a presidential debate makes Michelle Obama feels like an anxious mom, the first lady confided in an exclusive interview with CNN.
"I get so nervous at these debates," a laughing Obama told CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin. "I'm like one of those parents watching their kid on the balance beam. You're just standing there trying not to you know, have any expression at all."
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Although it may be difficult for her to watch her husband, President Barack Obama, debate on stage, she said she refrains from offering him advice beforehand. And after, she said, only gives "positive reinforcement."
"He doesn't need much advice," she said. "He's a very good debater, so I do tell him to have fun and relax and just be himself."
The full interview will run in the 7 p.m. ET hour on CNN Wednesday.
Some of the president's aides have said he's working on keeping his answers concise and steering clear of the long winded responses that have become a staple of his White House press conferences. When pressed to point out any of her husband's potential challenges headed into the first debate, the first lady demurred.
"He's a great speaker, you know? I mean he's good at this," she said. "Going into it ... He's gonna do his best."
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