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Friday, April 5, 2013

Media Note: In Interview with WCAX, Michelle Obama Calls Herself a "Single Mother"

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

A slip of the tongue by First Lady Michelle Obama in an interview with a Vermont television reporter has gone viral among the gaffe-giddy Washington, D.C., politerati.

In an on-camera discussion at the White House with WCAX-TV's Bridget Barry Caswell, Obama described herself as "a busy, single mother," before quickly correcting herself to note that she's, um, married to this guy who's kind of a big deal.

Caswell was one of several Vermont reporters who traveled to Washington Thursday to cover a delegation of Milton Elementary School students selected to help Obama plant the White House Garden. Caswell scored a sit-down interview with the first lady and quizzed her on her initiatives to encourage healthy eating and exercise.

Obama's verbal stumble came when Caswell asked her how busy families can make the time to adopt healthier eating practices.

"Believe me, as a busy single mother— or, I shouldn't say single," Obama corrected herself. "As a busy mother— sometimes when you've got a husband who's president, it can feel a little single, but he's there."

See the clip below — or watch Caswell's full interview over at WCAX.

 

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