April 5th, 2013
07:52 AM ET
5 years ago

Michelle Obama slips up, calls herself ‘single mother’

(CNN) – Her husband is one of the most powerful men in the world, but his wife seemed to forget about him for a split second during an interview Thursday.

Speaking with CNN’s Burlington, Vermont-based affiliate WCAX, Michelle Obama was describing the challenges of eating healthy for busy parents when she said, “Believe me, as a busy single mother - or I shouldn’t say single - as a busy mother, sometimes when you’ve got a husband who is president it can feel a little single. But he’s there,” the first lady said.

The first lady joined school children Thursday in the White House kitchen garden, planting lettuce and other vegetables. She’s made combatting childhood obesity a central issue during her time in the White House, and has spoken frequently about the challenges parents face in providing their children with healthy food.

“As a busy working mom, and before I was in the White House, I was in that position as well. Working, driving kids to practice, not having enough time to shop or cook. Not having the energy. Resources weren’t the issue, but time and energy is key,” she said in the interview with WCAX.

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  1. Maria

    Lets just see where this goes. The analysis of the word Freudian Slip will be discussed!?!

    April 6, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Republican or Diehard!

    When is comes to Presidential/first lady gaffes, hopefully America will never have to endure another "Mission Accomplished."

    April 6, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Disenchanted

    A simple misspoke? Mostly likely. But it simply goes to show us that what comes out their mouths is for the most part scripted. And the gaffs are when they slip off script.

    You can't apply meaning to their gaffs, because there is no earning or conviction behind the words.. It's all an act to make us think that they care for the voters when all along their only care is to control the nation with their political machines.

    We the People lost control of our government along time ago when government fell into hands of career politicians and their Parties.

    April 6, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Linda

    She, in the same breath, corrected her slip. While we are focusing on this non-story, what is happening in the world that matters. How many children will starve today? How many American military personnel will be killed or wounded? How many law enforcement personnel will we lose? Come on CNN, keep your eye on the ball

    April 6, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. WACowboy

    It's amazing. If I was in public office, and subjected to microscopic examination of every mis-spoken word like the Obamas are, I'd just stop talking any of them except for official, written comments. What a bunch of jerks. And they call this NEWS.

    April 6, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Tammy

    Women who call themselves "single Moms", but who are still married do not have a clue regarding what it's like to be a single or divorced Mom. They tend to think of themselves as running an entire household without the help of a partner, however, they usually have the income of their partner to work with and occasionally have the trash take out.

    For the record, I like Mrs. Obama.

    April 6, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Robert

    Well we are even, she feels like she doesn't have a husband and we feel like we don't have a Preident.

    April 6, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Lewy

    Sounds like D-I-V-O-R-C-E to me.

    April 6, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Jeezlouise

    Moochelle Obama is a fraud like her fake husband. She probably is a single mother from Atlanta that is just playing the part of a Presidents Wife, for this farce. Obama is a fraud. Michelle is one ugly woman- she looks like a man in drag.

    April 6, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Jeezlouise

    The Obamas know those arent Barrys kids- Michelle is a man in drag and cant have kids. Michelle doesnt even know shes alive. She must also be on drugs.

    April 6, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Jeezlouise

    She calls herself that so she can apply for welfare and food stamps.

    April 6, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Namer Top Jimmy

    Amateur hour at the White House continues. Can't wait to see this couple vacate so honor and dignity can be restore to this this dignified position.

    April 6, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Larswald

    Can we please get over all the of this “single mom” stuff? Is “single mom” used to garner sympathy? To let us know that this woman has overcome all sorts of adversity and or is some kind of superwoman? Look, being a single mom, in most cases, is a choice. They are most likely divorced. That was their choice. They chose to get divorced probably because they made a bad choice in picking a husband or you chose never to get married to their children’s father(s). So why do their bad decisions make them think they deserve my sympathy? My sister was widowed when her sons were young. She was a single mother – not by choice – and did a great job raising boys. She is truly a “single mother’.

    Believe me; I have absolutely no sympathy for fathers who do not pay their child support. Our system needs to be more like Europe, especially Norway. There, the father pays the government and the mother received her money every month, regardless of whether he pays he pays or not. The government then hunts down the shirker down and forces him to pay. Meanwhile, mom still gets her money every month and she doesn’t have to constantly be going back to court to get him to pay.

    But back to main point: A widowed mother has my sympathy. A wife with her husband overseas in the military has my understanding. A woman with kids who never married or who is divorced – not so much.

    April 6, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Duh

    Most black women are single mothers. Unless they are married to a white man. This was no slip.

    April 6, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Chris schene

    My God that is another ugly hair do! UGLY!

    April 6, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    They mean her husband "pretends" to be powerful. If he had any power whatsoever he would not be rewarding 20 million illegal immigrants at the expense of the rest of the US. Sorry pos of a potus.

    April 6, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Xty

    It was a just a slip of tongue, and she corrected it almost immediately. There should be no hard feelings about it.

    April 6, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. Ray

    If the man were "powerful" he'd enforce immigration laws instead of rewarding the criminals.

    April 6, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. Spam Eater

    Spending time at a Bahmas resort and skiing in Idaho all in one week all the while being tended hand and foot by taxpayer funded servants must be very tiring. As a man who worked and raised two kids by myself, this low life queen for a day makes me want to puke everytime I see or hear her.

    April 6, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. richellelj

    I tell my husband all the time I am sick of being a single parent. Whether it's because your spouse is deployed in the military, has a busy job and works long hours, or just isn't interested in helping, many many married women (and men) feel like they're single parents. I completely empathize with her.

    April 6, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. CT_Yank

    There are a lot of mothers who know exactly what she meant – when you're married to a man who works continuously, it can definitely feel like you're a single mother at times. Why is this news?

    April 6, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. BO

    Lends credence to Obama's "Harris is hot" comment.

    April 6, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. patrick

    bet it was a typo on the teleprompter ,
    it pains me to defend the president and the first lady on the same day(not what you would call a "fan" of the obamas"
    but this crap is not news

    April 6, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Troy

    Combatting childhood obesity? Her husband just made sure we'll all be eating GMO. Idiot's.

    April 6, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. stopdumbness

    How do you mistakenly refer to your self as a "single Mother", especially when you husband is POTUS. How long has thy been married? I just can not understand how some one can make this kind of slip..

    April 6, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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