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Obama Confirms that First Lady Sometimes Feels like Single Mother

For those who can’t get enough tidbits from the President and First Lady about life inside the bubble that is the White House, President Obama was in a giving mood during an interview with Savannah Guthrie of the Today show, talking about how Michelle sometimes has to be a single parent and the dare they are using to keep their daughters from getting tattoos.

The First Lady recently made a verbal gaffe and accidentally called herself a “busy single mother,” prompting an avalanche of how-could-she media commentary. But the president was quick to let her off the hook.

“You know, as somebody who has stumbled over my lines many times, I tend to cut my wife or anybody some slack when it comes to just a slip to the tongue,” Obama said in an interview with TODAY conducted the day before last Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing. “But there’s no doubt that there’ve been times where Michelle probably felt like a single mom.”

He said there were times when he didn’t see Michelle for a week while he was campaigning.

“And she was still working and having to look after the girls. And she definitely, I think, understands the burdens that women in particular tend to feel if they’re both responsible for child rearing and they’re responsible for working at the same time,” he said. “And that’s kept a lot of women not only single, but also married around the country.”

As for preventing Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11, from getting a tattoo, Barack and Michelle have a strategy.

“What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decided you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo,’” Obama said. “And our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that’s a good way to rebel.”

The president also had something to say about Barack vs. Michelle on the dance floor—this after Michelle entertained the nation with her “mom dance” moves on Jimmy Fallon’s show in February.

Noting that Michelle has always insisted she’s the better dancer of the two, Obama said, “In private, you know, I can bust a move and I think I’m pretty good. But she tends to hold out when it comes to praise of my dancing.”

Obama also confirmed rumors that he did the Gangnam Style dance during the White House afterparty following his second inauguration.

“Fortunately, we destroyed all the tapes,” he said.

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4 thoughts on “Obama Confirms that First Lady Sometimes Feels like Single Mother

  1. Marissa Dawn says:

    oh whaaaaa, millions of women do it everyday yet, I'm sure everynight their children get tucked into a comfy bed with full bellies. find something else to cry about rather than feeling like a single mom.

  2. gosh, such a normal american family…living on the largess provided by the coercive force of the IRS to pay for their vacations and outings…..Oh the trials and tribulations of their lives running social experiments with american people, and living off their money.
    The stomach turns….

  3. Bill Smith says:

    Sounds like Craig Johnson and Marissa Dawn should have made netter choices in life, then they wouldn't have to whine and cry about the President and First Lady. Further your education and stop feeling sorry for yourself. READ AMERICA!!!

  4. Lynne Ronise Harrison says:

    Thank goodness he does not start wars to vidicate an attempt on his fathers life and lie about weapons of mass destruction. Yep, the President and his family are great Americans who happen to be Black and good people.

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