Michelle Obama: I can make the president mad
September 24th, 2012
06:39 PM ET
10 years ago

Michelle Obama: I can make the president mad

New York (CNN) – He may be known for his cool temperament, but the first lady can bring out another side of President Barack Obama.

"I can make him mad any number of ways," Michelle Obama told ABC's "The View" in an interview set to air Tuesday.

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According to the president, she does it by "being thoroughly unreasonable," which sometimes elicits a raise of her husband's voice.

"You try to keep an even keel during the day," Obama said, as written in pool reports. "But there are times, after the day is done, when it comes out."

Obama is in New York to speak at the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative Tuesday, where he is expected to address the recent attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Although the president has refrained from characterizing the attack as an act of terrorism, he told "The View" co-hosts America will not "shrink back from the world" because of the attack.

"We are going to hunt down those who did this. We will bring them to justice. We will make sure that we do everything we have to do to protect our embassies and our diplomatic posts," he said. "But we're going to stay engaged."

The first couple, who held hands throughout the interview, will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary on the night of the first presidential debate on October 3. President Obama said they will likely celebrate the occasion the following weekend. Debate night will focus around his first one-on-one match-up against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

When asked what a potential President Romney would mean for the United States, Obama said "We can survive a lot, but the American people don't want to just survive, we want to thrive," before pointing to the two men's different visions for the country.

Romney recently pounced on comments Obama made during a Univision town hall, where the president claimed Washington is changed from the outside. But the president stood by the remarks when questioned by co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a known critic of Obama.

"The idea was you can't change Washington from the inside," he said. "You've got to mobilize the American people. When ordinary people are engaged and paying attention, that's when Congress responds. We can't play just an inside game."

But the first lady said she is the one with the "best job."

"I don't have to make the hard decisions," she said.

The president also said his role in his daughter's lives is changing as they get older.

"They're now at the point where they still love their daddy, but they come in strategically," he said.

Malia, 14, is "turning into a night owl like me," he said, adding that she doesn't need to be tucked in anymore.

Michelle Obama said she's looking forward to a "long vacation" when their time in the White House is over.

"The thing I think I would enjoy the most is spending time working with kids," the president said. "Just giving young people the sense of possibility, of opportunity."

But he added, "first things first here, we do have an election ahead."

Filed under: 2012 • Michelle Obama • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Johnnie Shields

    Rommrny flip flop to much he doesn't know what a poor or miiddle class person go thru. Any Afro American who votes for a Republican needs his/her head examine. 4 more years, 4 more years.

    September 25, 2012 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  2. Harleigh Kiffer

    Rock Stars-no substance to them. Another unpaid political ad by the media elite.

    September 25, 2012 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  3. didwa

    view=worse than mexican infomercial.

    September 25, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  4. scott

    He is right the only thing Obama ever did was give the order to Get Bin Laden, which any sitting ppresident would have given the order. The Middle east is in a shambles, China is walking all over us. Iran is thumbing their nose at us, and what does Obama do, goes on the hen club show called the view, with a bunch of washed up women from the entertainment world,instead of meeting with world leaders. He caleed the death of our ambassador a bump in the road, Obama a lousy President, with no class, no brains, and a coward to boot. I give Obama a F in all areas.

    Romney /Ryan 2012.

    September 25, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  5. doubledees

    Michelle said she "is looking forward to a long vacation when his term in office is over"? So what else is new – vacations are nothing new to them.....on our tax dollar.

    September 25, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  6. nokoolaidcowboy

    I knew it! I knew women had that secret where they could make us mad at the drop of a hat!

    September 25, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  7. Normal in NH

    I don't think the Obamas are bad people, just people with bad ideas.

    September 25, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  8. Asturiano

    It's refreshing to have a youthful couple and young children in the White House.

    September 25, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  9. jpmichigan

    These photo ops and televised guest appearances, questions the actions of this President. He has no time for Presidental matters, but can spin his rheotric on the various television shows. Just one more reason, not to vote for him!

    September 25, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  10. hadeenuff

    That's OK Barry, Hillary will take care on the entire Middle East.

    You focus on your fundraising.

    I'm surprised they don't have their own parking spot at The View.

    September 25, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  11. James

    What wife can't make her husband mad? For that matter what husband can't make his wife mad? They know what button to push, how long to hold it and when to RUN!

    September 25, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  12. Lord Toronaga

    Still no responses ? Too much moderating going on.

    September 25, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  13. MCR

    The President had time for this, but wouldn't even say hello to Netanyahu at a time when Israel's very existence is threatened by madmen who are very close to having nuclear weapons?

    September 25, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  14. andyoo

    The VIEW is kissing up the holyness again.

    September 25, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  15. Demsuck

    So when are they going to have Romney & his wife on the show?

    September 25, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  16. 90909090

    how disgusting...We have the 1st, hopefully the last, Reality TV President..what a joke.. America wake up

    September 25, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  17. DK

    Aww, how nice. It's like a bunch of old friends hanging out. If that were Mitt, they'd rip into him. I would not go on that show either. Surely they are part of the 47%.

    September 25, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  18. Keel Hauler

    My wife can make me mad too. She doesn't even have to try.

    September 25, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  19. Keel Hauler

    Isn't that her job?

    September 25, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  20. Jim Sedberry

    Perhaps this guy should devote all of his time to raising his children and anger management courses, because he certainly doesn't know anything about running a country or fiscal responsibility!!!!

    September 25, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  21. Carrie Larson

    Isn't it great to have such illegent people in the White House? They are human also and not the egotistical Romney bunch. We have your back Mr. President. All we need is the issue at hand and some new Senate and House seats filled with people who will actually DO something other than degrade most of us.

    September 25, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  22. Core republican Values

    I admire, respect, and trust our President.

    September 25, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  23. Katie

    Love them!

    September 25, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
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