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. Golfer

    He's always golfing...

    April 5, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. ExFed

    My ex would agree with that assessment. I worked for the feds for 20 years, and the last 8 of them were around-the-clock work in facilities in three states. She claimed to family and friends that she was a single parent, as well. Right before she lleft.

    April 5, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. dscon

    Maybe she caught that hot cali AG under Oblame's desk.

    April 5, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. clarke

    I bet there are a lot of married women with children, who sometimes feel like a single mother. Both my husband and I worked, his hours were much longer than mine and sometimes the kids didn't even see him. I took care of everything for the children, so yes there were many times I felt like a single mother.
    It is nice to know the First lady is human, don't you think. Sometimes, dads are so busy providing for the family they don't have time to be a part of it. That is just the way of it.

    April 5, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Tom

    I like the POTUS as a person. Terrible president, but, a smart man nonetheless. The current FLOTUS is seriously the worst of all time. She's nasty and belittles the citizens all the time. Anyone sticking up for her is an imbecile, feminist or whiteknight.

    April 5, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Kellee

    I have always wonder why white people are so evil even when there is no need to be. Whenever something good or bad happen to a black person there will always be a negative comment from white people, but when something bad happens to white people (such as Newtown shooting) there is always compassion from black people. As long as white people live in America it will continue to be full of evil inconsiderate white people.

    April 5, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Malory Archer


    No wonder Repubs can't stand Michelle Obama. Who does she think she is, trying to teach little kids about how to grow vegetables, eat healthy, and exercise??? Liberal indoctrination!


    Not to mention, a healthy lifestyle cuts into the profits of the rethugs owners from the deep-pocketed pharmaceutical industrial complex. Can't have that!

    April 5, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Malory Archer


    Good one! Sort of "natural" to say that...LOL
    So once she's not living in the WH they're saying she's considering a run for Senator... don't expect Barack to take over, he'll be busy at speaking engagements like Clinton.


    No big deal – their daughters will be four years older by then and won't need their parents as much.

    April 5, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. JonfromLI

    Every now and then I read comments blasting an article as being not newsworthy. THIS ISN'T NEWSWORTHY. Jeez, she had a slip of the tongue – and if you take it from another perspective, considering her husband is the most powerful leader of the free world and there could be weeks without seeing each other – she could feel like she's single. But of course Hannity and the other loudmouths on FOXnews will keep showing this during their primetime shows in the hopes that it would dampen the President's approval rating. You know how it goes.

    April 5, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Speaking of Norh Korea.....are they bombing us or what? What's the deal with those missiles?
    Someone please inform BEFORE I make May's mortgage payment.

    April 5, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Namerene

    Baaaaarrryyyyyyyyyy, where r uuuuuuuuu. Must be holding, or picking a fight with mommy me, or playing basketball. Definately not working on job creation.

    April 5, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. n222s

    Dominican mama, best POTUS ever? Saying it doesn't make it so. But it is your opinion so... Michelle built like a brick you know what? While I would never classify her as ugly, you need to get out more. Doesn't make her a bad person but just...an ungainly gait doesn't make you somehow attractive.

    Think I'm being mean? The Prez is a good looking guy. Michelle definitely married above her looks. And the worst thing is he has to hear her drone on and on and on and on and on. No wonder his chief form of recreation is golf.

    April 5, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. ReaganLives4Ever

    I cannot believe Michelle...for Barack Obama to be using his wife as his guide to women's economic struggles when she "had never worked a day in her life."

    April 5, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Dizzyd

    @AFV – I agree kids need to eat healthy and exercise, but you can't attack kids (or adults) for being fat. Fat-shaming NEVER works. Let's focus on healthy habits, leave appearance out of it.

    April 5, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Name lynn

    Michelle is married to her husband, yes married couples sometimes feel single because our husband is working an putting in overtime at night we spend time together even when moms steps in a keep the kids our husbands wants to spend time with their wives, thats what michelle saying

    April 5, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Sam

    If she were the wife of a republican wouldn't this comment make her stupid? I'm just saying.

    April 5, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Patrish

    A normal slip. We all make them – I'm proud to this couple. No one's perfect and our previous president made plenty of slips, so give her a break it's no biggy.

    April 5, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. joan dantonio

    i also remember mrs obama giving a speech on campaign trail when she stated that then was the first time she was proud of her country...shows real character on her part

    April 5, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. jack

    great job to the first lady ! seems like shes the only person to actually do whats right since most of the parents don't care what their children eat now a days. She wouldn't be doing this if parents knew how to eat right!

    April 5, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair


    I am really disappointed in reading all of these comments. And since when did we begin calling the president "Barry?"
    Barry was the one calling himself Barry when he was going by the name Barry Soetoro.

    April 5, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Hal

    How many assistants does she have again?

    April 5, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Name george zip

    Much a do about nothing

    April 5, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Scrappyike

    Who Cares!

    April 5, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |

    STOP THE PRESSES!!! The President said someone was good looking, and the first lady said, single mom !

    April 5, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Surprised

    Gee, Michelle. Try being a military wife with your husband gone 9 months out of the year. Sometimes longer. Don't forget that military wives are usually overseas or in a strange place in the US with no one there. Michelle even has her mommy living at the White House with her. Boohoo!

    April 5, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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