November 20th, 2013
08:12 AM ET
8 months ago

First Lady: Obama loves singing in the bathroom

(CNN) – It's no secret that President Barack Obama has squeaked out a couple of tunes during his presidency, but his wife says singing is a part of the President's home routine-especially in the restroom.

"He sings all the time. He's in the bathroom all the time, just singing. He's always willing to sing," Michelle Obama said.

The First Lady unveiled her husband's singing habits in an interview that aired Tuesday on BET's "106 & Park," where she mostly talked about the administration's push for more students to enroll in higher education programs.

Obama famously gave Americans a peek at his singing voice last year when he burst out in Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. He also sang along to "Sweet Home Chicago" last year at the White House for a PBS performance series in the East Room.

But when it comes to dancing, the First Lady said she has the skills in the relationship.

"He can sing. I can dance. I think that divides the talent evenly across the family tree," she said. "We're all satisfied."

Related: Michelle Obama dances like a mom

Mrs. Obama was also asked about her biggest fashion regret. The First Lady said she's "kind of always happy with what I'm wearing," but noted she stopped wearing shorts in public after she took some heat for sporting a pair in 2009.

"Sometimes I forget I'm the first lady and I'm running around in shorts. I know the first time we went on a family vacation, I had shorts on getting off of Air Force One and that created a huge stink because people were like, 'She's wearing shorts getting off of Air Force One.' And I thought, what, we're on vacation," she said.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Is this the news? Everyone does. CNN better publish some news.

    November 20, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The haters are going to hate Michelle. Pay them no mind. We finally have a First Family with some swag.

    November 20, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  3. ST

    Am happy to hear that the President gets time to clear his head by singing. Keep it up. The work you have is very heavy to lift and we can recognise how it has changed your looks in a very short time.

    November 20, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  4. Jerry

    The country is being ruined and this is important news for cnn ??

    November 20, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  5. jzaks

    Try something new CNN. The First Lady told this same story the first year the President was in office. Don't tell me you are just finding out about it.

    November 20, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  6. Borderless

    Who cares? CNN make up your mind if you're going to be a news site or a gossip site.

    November 20, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. Mary

    Trying to make him seem human

    November 20, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. kris

    Really CNN, this is a top story?

    November 20, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. Eagle0841

    Who cares!

    November 20, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. A True Conservative

    Another Obama puff piece on CNN.....what a shock......Who cares CNN?

    November 20, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. Mathew Wood

    And Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

    November 20, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Madashell

    Who cares. I'll bet another 200 million US citizens sing in the bathroom also. Big deal CNN. Find something else to report on.

    November 20, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. liberal disease

    must be singing the blues with Barrys approval ratings

    November 20, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Woo! I remember that shorts hullabaloo. I thought it was blown out of proportion, but they were inappropriate. Vacation was officially over when the trip back to the White House began, not when it ended. They should have stepped off as "the First Family is back in town."

    November 20, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. Dave Hawkins

    Totally TMI

    November 20, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. dkc2001

    He's been singing a different tune since the website problems for sure.

    November 20, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. DBL STD

    Who doesn't?

    November 20, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. billmelater1

    "his wife says singing is a part of the President's home routine-especially in the restroom. " This goes to show you that he is really out of touch with reality. With all that is going on in his administration it make him appear as non caring.

    November 20, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. Moderatley Amused

    Ummmm... and who cares even the slightest about this at all??

    November 20, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. Geoff

    Stars – They're just like us!

    November 20, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Sniffit

    Oh brother...I can already hear the idiot questions from the press corps at the next press conference.

    "created a huge stink because people were like, 'She's wearing shorts getting off of Air Force One.'"

    Well duh, the MSM is nothing if not the lead enabler and purveyor of our societal double standard towards women.

    November 20, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |