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. Sniffit

    Oh brother. Here come the GOPers/Tetrolls claiming he yells at is wife and is abusive and then trying desperately to relate it to the "war on women" thing.

    September 24, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Thinkergal

    I LOVE these two, and their kids.

    September 24, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    "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."
    I like Mitt Romney's way better. The people mobilize the politician and the politicians are engaged and paying attention. People are tired of no jobs, a sputtering economy and obscene debt continuing to grow. Mitt Romney is listening and the people have mobilized him and Paul Ryan.

    September 24, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Paul from Phoenix

    Good to see he has plenty of time for Letterman and The View. If only he had enough time to meet with Netanyahu, David Cameron, etc. But hey, that's what Hillary is for, to carry his baggage and do the hard work. Maybe the Obamas will be able to find time to have another nice date night.

    September 24, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    But he added, "first things first here, we do have an election ahead."
    SOS for four years.Obama's only job bill is to get re-elected. There is an important UN meeting, just after a US Ambassador was killed,that he could make time to discuss one on one with the ME leaders. Of course that wouldn't include Israel PM....

    September 24, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. hesea

    The UN are meeting this week, the middle east is on fire and our President spent the day on the view, this can't be real.

    September 24, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. GuyinVA

    That's a nice picture. Where's Benjamin Netanyahu?

    September 24, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Willie BenWa

    Crosses his legs like a GIRL!

    September 24, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. Pete

    The "VIEW"will have special quests with the Romneys,it'll be their long lost relatives from Mexico the ones never introduced to the American Romney family.After the introduction and resusitation of the Mormon moron he will be told his new family has their American addresses,directions,so a Christmas show from the Romney house with all the Romneys will be shown.Hey Romney how do yah like foriegn policies now nitwit,hope yah like Mexican food,they certainly do!!!

    September 24, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. hesea

    Hello anybody there?

    September 24, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. sailbug

    I just love my president snd family.

    September 24, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. lou

    love seeing this couple together

    September 24, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  13. Lionel

    Great job pres. You and Michelle have done a great job representing ALL Americans.

    The Bush's left this country in an economic mess and two wars and now the Republicans are complaining that Obama did not clean it up fast enough.

    It is over for Mitt the Twit aka Juan Percent. Americans have seen enough of this man.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    September 24, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. What a joke...

    he can go on the view, but he has no time for his best ally ? really? you think he takes global peace seriously?

    what a useless fool....all he does is smile and lie right to our faces...

    September 24, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  15. puravidalighting

    What a joke Obama is. 60 minutes interview also. A babbling idiot. Now on this rag of a tv show with UN in session. Only thing this guy is worried about is moving!

    September 24, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  16. N

    Shouldn't he be at the UN or something....I dunno, talking some people down off the ledge before they start tossing nukes?

    September 24, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  17. VoteHimOut

    Our embassy was attacked and he has time for this meeting with The View but not time to meet with world leaders? He says that the economy is a top priority but has met with the Job Council ZERO times in the last 6 months. This man disgusts me ... sad that his name will even be mentioned in US history books.

    September 24, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. publisher5

    Another reminder why I love my President!

    September 24, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  19. jo an

    Great duo!!

    September 24, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  20. Disanitnodicos

    My goodness, it looks like Michelle came ready to breastfeed the crowd.

    September 24, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. Sooner79

    I like them. Look forward to voting for Obama again.

    September 24, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  22. MDDD

    Obama Biden 2012

    September 24, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  23. Dav

    obama the confused, is he an actor or politician.He is neither;he is a failure.Does he think the view cows can guide him.Bye comrade obama 2012

    September 24, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    So can every other wife in America, make their husbands mad.

    That simply comes naturally to women.........too bad good judgment DOESN'T.

    September 24, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  25. Kerry

    Always the community organizer... Phoney. We need a president... It's a wonder we have survived Obama for heaven sake

    September 24, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
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