Breaking: First Dog Is "Crazy," Says First Lady
By Rich Leiby
Breaking First Dog update: Bo is "crazy," Michelle Obama told a group of children assembled at the White House this morning as part of the annual take-your-children-to-work day.
She revealed that the newly acquired, world-famous puppy "likes to chew on people's feet" and cause commotions. "Oh, he is a crazy dog," she confirmed.
Bo even disturbed the repose of the president and his wife to the degree that they thought someone was outside their bedroom. "It was just Bo. He was playing with his ball."
The mom-in-chief fielded several questions from the kids in the East Room, 160 in all, ranging in age from 7 to 14. It was open to children whose parents work in all levels at the White House, including Secret Service and household staff. Vice President Biden's granddaughter Maisy participated in the event.
It's widely known that kids sometimes ask darnedest things. Some revelations based on their questions:
Does she like cooking for her family?
"I don't miss cooking," Mrs. Obama said.
"Where do I sleep? ... In my room....It's just a bedroom. It doesn't have a particular name."
If a major disaster happened, what would she do?
"Well, first of all I'd wake my husband up if it were at night. And I'd tell him, hey, buddy, you're the President, get down to the Oval Office and call some leaders. You know, that's the beauty of my job."
What's the best thing about being first lady? Almost everything, she told the kids. "I have some problems that I have to deal with, but I get to do the fun stuff."
Was there a worst part? That took some thinking.
"Maybe it's running on the treadmill," she said.
Posted at 1:22 PM ET on Apr 23, 2009
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