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. Anonymous

    Single WORKING mothers get my sympathy – NOT Michele and Barack's favorite single mother's living off more of the Obama's "let's give the 'poor' (and by poor we mean those who have no INTENTION of working for anything in their lives) anything and everything, and the middle class won't mind paying for it! These folks are busy making babies, they got no time to work! I wish we'd get off the 'single' mom soapbox and concentrate on those who are struggling and are WILLING to work, not just take. And Michele O understands none of it.

    April 5, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Barry

    It's uh hard for Michelle to put uh food on our family. She deserves a break today!

    April 5, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. LB

    Single WORKING mother's get my sympathy, NOT Michele and Barack's favorites – "let's give more to the poor" – and of course by "poor" they mean those who have no intention of working – and let the middle class keep supporting them. After all, these people are busy making babies, they got no time to work! I wish we'd stop concentrating on "single" mom's and start concentrating on WORKING moms and dads struggling, instead of those that just want to take, and think they are OWED something – they have a RIGHT to everything the rest of us work hard to get. Michele understands none of it.

    April 5, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Jason

    It's okay, her husband recently misspoke as well, insisting that a fully-automatic weapon had been used in the attack and sandy hook.

    April 5, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. wade moran

    She was just speaking on behalf of the other 80% of afro-african mothers in the U.S.

    April 5, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. w l jones

    Hate to burst some people bubble about single Blackwomen family if my history is correct they were not aallowed to marry untile 1864 and were not recordnize by court system untile 1964.Thank you.

    April 5, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. KevinDitka

    Single moms get so much support that it's become a glamorous thing. I've nothing against a widow or a divorced parent but there is no way America should praise women who choose not to vet the person they choose to provide access to their womb and end up a single parent.

    The federal goverment supports this by giving excess financial aid to kids from from broken families while kids who's parents worked through their problems receive nothing. That is one of the many examples I could give. We really should bring back shaming.

    April 5, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Comedafukon

    Coming from a chick with her own security detail for lyfe LOLOLOLOL

    April 5, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. onejn416

    It’s no Freudian Slip. It’s typical liberal tactic of creating their own “facts” as they go along. Obama used it non-stop in both campaigns and the liberal media never called him out on it. Just more evidence liberals live in their own world as they seek to socially engineer a utopian society.

    April 5, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Why no big deal?

    LMAO – they were planting letteuce and other vegetables. So the first lady, in an effort to promote nutrition has kids planting lettuce, by far one of the least nutritional leafy vegetables out there. In college they have to spray starch on the lettuce in the dorms to make sure the annorexic girls get calories. I gues the queen of snacks is by-passing that and getting herself some organic lettuce – oh boy.

    LMAO again since the first lady says being the first lady is like being single. Never mind the personal cook, and people who can be nannies for their children and clean up after them and do their laundry. Yes – it's hard being first lady – she needs ANOTHER vacation ... She should talk to Joe, I heard he got a good deal on a hotel in Paris.

    April 5, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Leroy

    something that ugly SHOULD be single. hey moochelle, the piranhas just called and they want their teeth back.

    April 5, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. werthrough

    What a waste of flesh and taxpayers money that "so-called" woman is...

    April 5, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. James

    How dare she misspeak and then immediately correct herself! Let's all mercilessly criticize her as she deserves nothing less than our contempt!

    April 5, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Redeye Dog

    Freudian Slip – She feels burdened (as First Lady) for having to raise her children..

    April 5, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. eilis_artis

    She's a married single parent with a husband who's away or in meetings/briefings/conferences more than he's around. But she does have a whole staff at hand to prepare those healthy foods.

    April 5, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. dan

    Michelle if you want to be a single mother it's easy. The courts are set up as an incentive for you to do just that. Just follow these simple steps.
    1. Make false allegations of domestic violence so that you are awarded full custody.
    2. file for divorce. And now since you have full custody you get higher child and spousal support.
    3. Let him pay every last dime he has trying get at least every other weekend visitation.
    The courts are set up in your favor. Can you believe that if you make a accusation of D.V. he is now guilty until proven innocent. My ex wife did that to me and I even told the judge I had a video that proves she is lying. THE JUDGE RULED NOT ADMISSIBLE. You are given four aces just to walk your family into those courts. Wow that would mean that you would live in the white house without Barry and VAWA's got you covered.

    April 5, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Freeindi

    SHe is a single mom because her husband think harris is hotter

    April 5, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Kelly

    Why is this even a topic? Is there really nothing more to talk about than this? Everyone slips up...i don't know anyone who hasn't...but because of who she is we will never hear the end of it ....sad.

    April 5, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Patriot

    Working from home

    April 5, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Les

    A self corrected slip, no big deal. I'm no Obama fan, but the video shows it and it is what it is. Some of your lives or so horrible or lame that you have to criticize or politicize a 1 second self corrected slip. I'm sure at times when your spouse has a job that keeps them very busy you do feel single at times.

    April 5, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Mullet?

    Why is she sporting a backwards mullet?

    April 5, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Laughable

    Just laughable... how can someone make that mistake. It speaks to all of the lies about The President. Who is he? This Administration is a big hoax. History tarnished with lies... funny when you know someone is lying... you can't keep up with all the lies.

    April 5, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. vbscript2

    Seriously, those of you just hurling random insults at Michelle (or anyone else) on here really need to grow up. Our country really needs to turn away from the divisiveness that has prevailed on both sides of the aisle for the last several years. Yes, there are some serious issues on which many of us disagree and we need to have discussions on those issues. But those discussions need to be civil and respectful. Insulting the physical appearance of the President's wife is hardly promoting reasonable, rational, or respectful conversation on the important challenges facing our country. Knock it off. And, for the record, no, I'm not an Obama supporter, nor anything close to it. I'm very much conservative, but I don't appreciate the hateful rhetoric that has dominated both of the major parties recently (nor the political posturing and pandering in which they engage.) Don't buy into the demagoguery from either of the Democrats or the Republicans. It's not helpful to any of us.

    April 5, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Has anyone heard the latest scandal coming from the White House? Well, the First Lady sneaked into the President's study last night and caught him helping their daughters with their home work. Gee, that should be front line news. That should be call for impeachment.

    April 5, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Let's face it, as First Lady of the United States of America and husband to the President, you kind of become a "single mother" inevitably especially when your husband is the leader of the free world and has to leave you and the kids on a moments notice when the welfare of the country and the world is at stake.

    April 5, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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