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. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Let me see, our ancestors were held in bondage for four hundred years, beaten, abused, manipulated and exploited, raped and lynched. Then following the emancipation proclamation, we were deprived of our unalienable rights to live the American dream, that is after laboring and helping to build this country (the FREE SLAVE LABOR – WELFARE STATES OF AMERICA) from the ground up as we had to confront Jim Crow, separate and unequal. And during the civil rights years, we were again beaten, sodomized, manipulated, exploited, abused and lynched. We were call all sorts of derogatory names, spat on, slapped, bitten by police dogs and slugged with batons, intimidated, molested and laughed at while being segregated and rendered second class citizens. I like to say our freedom came the old fashion way, WE EARNED IT.

    But inspite of the struggles of a people for our civil rights, we have more or less managed to reach the promise land. And today, I'm happy to say that we have defied the odds to become doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, mayors, governors, scientists, actors and actresses, artists, poets, astronauts and O' yes, President and First Lady of the United States of America. And one thing our ancestors taught us is that sticks and stones might break our bones but words won't hurt us. So with that being said righties, wanna call us names? Then go on because you cannot halt the progress of African Americans no matter what you call us. FOOLS.

    April 5, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Richard

    She has the authority to get her husband to drop a drone on your head, Mike. Gee, are you threatened by a powerful woman, or what? Let the hair on the back of your neck go back down and chill out.

    April 5, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Dean Kazel

    Do you know how hard it's been planning 17 vacations last year and 30r 4 so far this year? We should feel sorry for the queen Obama.

    April 5, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Mike

    Pssht. People are making a big deal out of this? Especially GOPers? Have you guys forgot your friend Bush's greatest hits?

    April 5, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. cd

    In the new " liberal studies" if there is a " Liar's course who do the Obama children ask for homework help first ?

    April 5, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Edwardo

    Not only did she forget that she IS married, but she forgot that she has the White House STAFF to take care of their every need. How can she possibly know what it is like to be too busy to eat healthy food, all she has to do is tell the head chef (or her chief of staff) that is what she wants, and it will happen. Automatically. Untill she leaves or says differently. How hard is one 15 second conversation?

    April 5, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Sandra

    She had an "oops" about Comrade Obama being from Kenya too. Strange coincidence? BTW she doesn't "look amazing" . She has a fat ass and dresses like a frump. What a disgrace!

    April 5, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @ Richard

    No, she doesn't have the authority to tell her husband how to do the job he was elected to do. But the President does have the authority to drone those who threaten to kill Americans.

    April 5, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Codestud3

    The equivalent of using the race card. It's built in.

    April 5, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Monomachos

    She might be a single mother if her husband keeps oogling other women.

    April 5, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Name beautiful sonia

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    April 5, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Bobbie

    If her husband keeps flirting with other women, (ie Cali attorney general), she might end up being a single mom! :o)

    April 5, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Jack

    @Kellee: i thought Dr. Martin Luther King taught us that people should be judged by the content of our character, and not by the color of our skin. I guess you missed that lesson. Furthermore, I find your description of the former first ladies of the United States to be offensive.

    April 5, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. DorisV

    Truth be told, bet many mothers feel they are a "single mother". At age 71 and looking back to when I was raising my children in the late 60's into the 80's, I was the one responsible for child care, housework, cooking and caring for a husband who worked long hours. Yes. being a mother is hard work. I started working as a nurse in 1980, also. Worked night shift so that the husband was home and the children were not alone. As for Michelle, she works hard at many projects. When Barack was a senator, she worked in Chicago while he was in Washington. She can call herself a "single mom" in my way of thinking about it.

    April 5, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer


    You know what's great about our First Lady and President living in the White House? Well, living in the White House that African-American slaves built.

    April 5, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Who

    Hey, leave momma Obama alone. The white house is a big place, and she can't find big B. I think he is hiding in the basement from the North Korazys.

    April 5, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. Chris

    "Pssht. People are making a big deal out of this? Especially GOPers? Have you guys forgot your friend Bush's greatest hits?"

    HAHAHAH the typical Liberal apologist rationale - someone else did something similiar once, so it's acceptable when my guy does it.

    Well, do you remember the backlash Bush received (and continues to receive) for any slip he made? And now you have a problem with the favor is returned with your Empty Suit excuse for a President? I guess you reap what you sow, and you LIberals sure have a metric f***ton more irrational criticisms owed to you.

    April 5, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. ALVIN H

    WOW!!! You guys are some ignorant hateful people....... Yeah because she can take the white house staff everywhere to cook her meals... get a life people.

    April 5, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    What does America say about Iran and NK? That if we're able ti infiltrate the minds of the local people, there's a chance that they'd up rise and overthrow their respective regimes. Well, do you know why Aminadajad and Jong un are so defiant and unwilling to relinquish their nuclear ambitions? Well, it because they too see how half our country and government are so divided and wanting our country and President to fail, they really don't feel deterred by the U.S. And of course the GOPT's behavior for the past four plus years have convince Iran and NK that they have a friend in the right wing leadership in America. Enemy of the state.

    April 5, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Mammy

    Those teeth!

    April 5, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Fubarack

    Welcome to our world Michele, the President has been MIA for everyone.

    April 5, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Mary

    Believe me, you have NO idea of what it's like to be a single mom! You have all the help you need, financially, etc. right there at your fingertips. You honestly don't know how good you have it!

    April 5, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Mary

    I wish my ex-husband was a salesman!

    April 5, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. Marty

    ICE has nullified their marriage years ago because of his falsified birth certificate.

    April 5, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. MaryM

    She made a mistake while speaking. She is human. Is there anyone that has not made that mistake?
    I did not think so

    April 5, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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