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Asked about Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama praises 'strong female voices'

The same day White House press secretary Robert Gibbs mocked Sarah Palin from the White House podium, first lady Michelle Obama declined to offer an opinion on the former Alaska governor when queried about her on "Larry King Live."

"I think it's wonderful to have strong female voices out there, but I don't know her," said Obama.

"What's your read on the former governor of Alaska?" King had asked, setting up an exchange with classic cable television cat-fight potential.

"You know, I don't have a read. I try not to make, or set, opinions about people that I haven't had any, you know, substantive interaction with. I mean, I know what you see on TV and when --" Obama replied.

"Does it irk you when she criticizes?" King pressed.

"You know, democracy is about critique. And the president is not immune to criticism," said Obama.

Obama also declined to be drawn out on the subject of the Tea Party convention. "You know, I'm -- I'm focused on what's in front of me. And right now, that's ending childhood obesity in a generation -- getting this done," she said.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  February 10, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
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They R both wonderful.

Posted by: fariborzzak | February 14, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama is an intelligent woman with class, and gets full credit for taking the high road and staying on point.

She is head and shoulders above Palin.

Somers91, TeaPartyPatriot and the rest of Palin's supporters have fallen in love with an illusion. I am no Obama "lemming" and don't like the current status of the health care bill, but I live in Wasilla, AK and know Palin's record. She hired an administrator as mayor, because early on it was clear she couldn't do the job. She got a variance on property signed by her political appointee that was clearly not allowed by code. She used city resources for partisan political purposes. She bilked Alaskans thousands for per diem to live in her own house when a residence was provided, but had to pay back part of the travel money she shouldn't have received thanks to an ethics complaint. She abused her authority and conducted state business on private email to avoid scrutiny. There was nothing open and transparent about her administration. She pushed an oil tax that is hurting new development in a state that is 90% dependent on revenue from oil. She quits. She hired cronies instead of the most qualified. She has reformed nothing - one guy got a fine, but he's still AK party chair. The FBI got the rest. She can spew rhetoric, talking points and gibberish, but not specific policies or ideas, and is not up to a real face-to-face interview with tough questions. She's a fraud, and she's pocketing millions from people who don't know or don't care about the facts.

Posted by: ValleyIndependent | February 11, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I reallly hate that Sarah Palin is getting all this attention. The media are trying to set up a battle between Obama and Palin and they shouldn't even mentioned Sarah Palin's name in the same sentence with the Obama's. These are classy, dignified, intelligent individuals who have earned their way to the top. What is this woman's claim to fame - that she doesn't read and therefore couldn't answer Katie Couric's simple question? Or while many Americans are struggling she gets 100K for reading and might I add bumbling through a prepared speech? That woman needs to go back to school that's what she needs to do. Whatever education she has is not enough. Classy Michelle Obama played it just right - ignore Sarah Palin she's a nobody.

Posted by: marilyn5 | February 11, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

i would say that i had tried to make sense of all those critics on gov palin. the more i read, the more i got disappointed i got. i can simply conclude all these criticism into 5 or 10 points:

1. she can't utter a complete sentence.
2. she quits.
3. she is just making a living, no priveledge to criticize the greatest president obama.
4. she is nothing or nobody.
5. trying to ignore her.
...

i think another more 5 points will finish this conclusion pretty easily.

hey, i came from her opponents to her.do you hired guns know that?

the last time i heard the first lady hinting people not to believe in what palin says, convincing people that palin is not real, she is just an egoism. after that, i have reviewed a lot about obama, as well as palin, what they said. but eventually, i still prefer to believe in palin, rather than obama.

there was an movement of world-wide professinal women undertaking at that time. taiwan former vp seems to be on the list. my estimation is that, this organization is still working now, which the financial source was, i believe, mysterious. there should have been a lot of book deals. who is leading this movement? you betcha.

so you should know the side-effect of obama becoming potus. you guys can feel it worldwide. you know, the world outside america can be a mirror to america itself.

what i want to say is, obamas doesn't make any sense to me. they just can not inspiring me. that's all. if you think you can give me tons of money, to make me happy, you are wrong.

i hope the first lady can get me. i am a cheap labor in china, but i don't need too much money, give me any spirit. will ya?



Posted by: chaujohnthan | February 11, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama has realized that demonizing and vilifying Palin is only helping Palin's popularity and status grow.

Palin is effective in communicating with honest Americans and in exposing Obama’s socialist/Marxist scams, including Obamacare and cap and trade. So it’s to was to be expected that Obama’s lemmings would demonize and vilify Palin, following their master Saul Alinsky’s guidelines. And that's what Obama's lemmings have been doing.

The rest of us, however, understand that if Obama’s lemmings are demonizing and vilifying someone, that someone must be a person who may be able to defend us from Obama. Therefore, the more Obama’s lemmings attack Palin, the more we admire and respect Palin.

Our admiration and respect for Palin has been growing as the attacks from Obama's lemmings increase. Keep on demonizing and vilifying Palin, dear lemmings! You are helping her popularity and status grow among honest and informed Americans.

Michelle Obama did not want to help Palin become even more popular.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | February 10, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama is a highly educated, gracious, intelligent woman who is also an excellent mother.

Sarah Palin is marginally literate, ignorant, obnoxious, arrogant and proud of her ignorance. She is also a ROTTEN mother who raised a daughter who got pregnant at sixteen, and a son who barely graduated high school.

All the hired hacks, tutors and GOP apologists hired by Palin couldn't teach her in a lifetime what Michelle Obama learned before she even walked through the gates at Princeton.

Posted by: jaysit | February 10, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Palin very much wants attention. She thinks her behavior is cute. I think she makes a disproportionate number of bad decisions, and has to reverse a disproportionate number of her decisions.

If she represents any cause other than seeking attention, that cause really boils down to more consumption and less investment. I think we need more investment in this country, at the expense of foregoing some consumption. (I am looking over a span of decades, not at the economy we are restarting from a deep recession.)

The odds currently are against her winning a presidential election. However, I find the thought of her as president to be scary because she would represent a finger from the unstable fringe, on the button. Palin and more so Limbaugh remind me a bit of "The Lord of the Flies" because they act like children with too much power, chanting slogans and stopping up their ears.

Slogans represent a static and simplistic way of thinking, that was the norm before the World Wars. Most slogans do not convey complex thoughts--yet we have to adapt in a complex world.

Posted by: Rande1 | February 10, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

What a classy woman. We know she see's and hears the Palin stuff. How can anyone avoid it. Makes me laugh, the intellect and class from Michelle Obama compared to Palin. Like watching granny(Palin) verses Miss Hathaway(Michelle) on the Beverly Hillbillies.

Posted by: spoton2010x | February 10, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

First Lady Michelle Obama has intelligence, grace and style, and is a first class act. God Bless America.

Posted by: nannye | February 10, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't Sarah Palin just write notes, on paper, regarding items she wished to cover in her speech? Speakers arrive at the podium with notes in hand all the time. All over the world.

Posted by: mab123vancouver | February 10, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

somers91: did you even read the article? She specifically did not say what she thought about Palin. Wonder if you were saying the same thing about Laura Bush. Also, a successful term in public office does not end with Quitting halfway through your term. That is not at all success, its failure.

Posted by: vterlep | February 10, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

"WHO WHATS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?"

Palin, for $100,000 and a tea party are you smarter than:

A: a five college in six years learning experience?

B: a five year old?

C: a five finger answer?

D. None the above

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 10, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

The best and first family is in the White House. And out of all the women who have been in the news lately (CHECK FOR YOURSELF). The First Lady is a breath of fresh air compared to of them: Palin, Bachman, Blackburn, Fox etc.

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 10, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Michelle has not poli. power to voice her opinion on any public official.Period.

Posted by: somers91 | February 10, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Michelle has not poli. power to voice her opinion on any public official.Period.

Posted by: somers91 | February 10, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

c.

Posted by: somers91 | February 10, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Michelle should voice her opinions and sentiments in the realm in her 'matrimonial bedroom. And not in any public forum or she would be open to public redicule and outcry.As the wife of a prez. we are not interested in any comment of her.She does not have the command or qual. to tell the American people what she thinks of any public servant.This is just protocol.

Posted by: somers91 | February 10, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Michelle should voice her opinions and sentiments in the realm in her 'matrimonial bedroom. And not in any public forum or she would be open to public redicule and outcry.As the wife of a prez. we are not interested in any comment of her.She does not have the command or qual. to tell the American people what she thinks of any public servant.This is just protocol.

Posted by: somers91 | February 10, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

The best and first family is in the White House. And out of all the women who have been in the news lately (CHECK FOR YOURSELF). The First Lady is a breath of fresh air compared to of them: Palin, Bachman, Blackburn, Fox etc.

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 10, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse


First lady Michelle Obama just launched a campaign to combat childhood obesity called “Let’s Move.” And this evening, obese children started their own program called “Let’s Not.”

Posted by: jahoby | February 10, 2010 2:32 PM |


Then they must be republican children

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 10, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

First lady Michelle Obama just launched a campaign to combat childhood obesity called “Let’s Move.” And this evening, obese children started their own program called “Let’s Not.”

Posted by: jahoby | February 10, 2010 2:32 PM |


They must be republicans.

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 10, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

The Palin Family or The Obama Family. I think America has already spoken and the white house is alive, smarter, and brighter. I hope Palin runs, so the Obamas' victory will easy. They deserve another four years.

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 10, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

This is so silly- Michelle would be out of place to discuss or say anything on Palin or she will be open to redicule.Michelle has NEVER held public office but Palin has for longer than her husband.As the wife of a prez. she can't be outspoken on public comments on a public official.This is not accepted or tolerated by the general public.She should keep her opinion to herself and the realms of her matrimonial. bedroom.

Posted by: somers91 | February 10, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

This is so silly- Michelle would be out of place to discuss or say anything on Palin or she will be open to redicule.Michelle has NEVER held public office but Palin has for longer than her husband.As the wife of a prez. she can't be outspoken on public comments on a public official.This is not accepted or tolerated by the general public.She should keep her opinion to herself and the realms of her matrimonial. bedroom.

Posted by: somers91 | February 10, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

The best and first family is in the White House. And out of all the women who have been in the news. The First Lady is a breath of fresh air compared to Palin, Bachman, Blackburn, Fox etc.

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 10, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

You can't compare or gener. on these two women.Michell is not in the poli. arena nor ever held public office.You just a bunch of gossi.mong. and idle talkers.
Palin for the record has held her own very well, as a deligent and successful public servant longer than your 'annointed one bo'.
Therefore give her credit for that than rather make a mockery and spectacle of your dem. party.
Palin with Brown can set the bar higher and can upset the dem.comfy position which btw. is showing tear and erosion from the general consenus.So all this bashing and ranting will not help the dem to go further.

Posted by: somers91 | February 10, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

You can't compare or gener. on these two women.Michell is not in the poli. arena nor ever held public office.You just a bunch of gossi.mong. and idle talkers.
Palin for the record has held her own very well, as a deligent and successful public servant longer than your 'annointed one bo'.
Therefore give her credit for that than rather make a mockery and spectacle of your dem. party.
Palin with Brown can set the bar higher and can upset the dem.comfy position which btw. is showing tear and erosion from the general consenus.So all this bashing and ranting will not help the dem to go further.

Posted by: somers91 | February 10, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Michelle is a scary power monger, who will front as a codependent to the NPD sociopathic dual profiles of
"What's his name"...does anyone know his history?
Even Michelle?

Posted by: dottydo | February 10, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Funny how it took becoming First Lady to teach Michelle a something about diplomacy. It speaks volumes to how little exposure and experience Obama had before that she never needed to learn to watch her words earlier.

Posted by: pgr88
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When is Sarah Palin going to learn diplomacy? Her speech was full of snarky, crude comments and contradictions. The whole teleprompter joke is ridiculuous considering she had to write notes on her hand to remember talking points. A craft I'm sure she worked on during her stint in 5 different colleges.

Maybe Michelle Obama doesn't need to get into the fray but the media should call Palin out on all her hypocrisy and her general lack of knowledge about just about everything.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | February 10, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

"The great battle:

SARAH v. michelle
RIGHT v. wrong
GOOD v. evil
BEAUTY v. beast
COMMON FOLK v. arrogant, elitist snob
"I LOVE MY COUNTRY" v. "for the first time in my life I am proud of my country"
WINNER v. loser"

Rush is right not Palin, particularly when he calls people retards (only republicans can do that, democrats should be fired)

Trying to stop childhood obesity certainly is evil. The only good kids are fat kids.

ALL Common Folk totally spend 225K on clothes and get 100K for giving a talk. Right on on that one.

Sarcastic and punchy criticism instead of constructive comments do not make you love your country. It makes you a brat.

WINNER then QUITTER.

TeaPartyPatriot v intelligent comments

Posted by: vterlep | February 10, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Good for the First Lady. Too smart to be drawn into an antagonistic word fight that demeans women.

Sarah Palin is not in the political game anymore, she turned her back on her constituents and, rather, sought fortune. That is fine but she is just like everyone else trying to make a living.

She has a scary cult following, but so did Charlie Manson and David Koresch.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 10, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Michelle finally has learned a little bit about politics and when to keep her mouth closed. 2 years ago, she probably would have happily taken the bait and called Palin a "racist" or "redneck."

Funny how it took becoming First Lady to teach Michelle a something about diplomacy. It speaks volumes to how little exposure and experience Obama had before that she never needed to learn to watch her words earlier.

Posted by: pgr88 | February 10, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

You know, I started to watch this interview, but then I had to turn it off. Judging from Larry King's ratings, I estimate that this cut his audience in half.

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | February 10, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

The great battle:

SARAH v. michelle
RIGHT v. wrong
GOOD v. evil
BEAUTY v. beast
COMMON FOLK v. arrogant, elitist snob
"I LOVE MY COUNTRY" v. "for the first time in my life I am proud of my country"
WINNER v. loser

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | February 10, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama showed some class in the way she handled the Palin question. On the other hand, Gibbs has proven to be the least presidential of all the presidential spokespersons in my lifetime and that’s saying something. With him, everything is a joke and it’s impossible to tell when he’s trying to be serious. The President should cut his losses and replace Gibbs with a professional.

Gibbs demeans the White House with his childish antics and in this case he elevated Palin to a level with the President with this stunt. Good job Bozo!

Posted by: A-COL | February 10, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Jeez - another flimsy excuse to shove Sarah Palin into the limelight. Doesn't she get enough publicity from her publicist, whose job it is to promote her? It reminds me of the death of the Princess of Wales, when you couldn't turn on the TV without seeing "The Sports Lady Diana Liked to Watch", where nothing was worth talking about unless viewed through a Lady Diana frame. And, of course, if you complain about the level of public attention directed to a self-proclaimed "hockey mom" who understands foreign policy and the workings of the U.S. Government at precisely that level, you're a "lib" who's "foaming" because she "scares you".

Sarah Palin is currently at her zenith, from a political perspective. Conservative strategists know better than to run her in 2012, because feeling against her outside her devoted base ranges from apprehension to loathing. She is a polarizing lightning rod who will likely do more harm to the Republicans than good, as there are a substantial number of Republicans who would accept no other candidate than Palin. That's by no means a majority of Republicans, which taken together make up only about 26% of the American electorate. The vote that decides the victor is independents, and they are not impressed with the Teabagger Queen. Right now, they're not particularly impressed with anyone.

What Michelle Obama thinks of Sarah Palin is of no consequence, and the only reason for asking the question was plainly to spark some kind of fight. Where there's not enough controversy to liven up the news day, the media is certainly not above provoking some. Do your damned jobs and find the news, and stop trying to grow it.

Posted by: marknesop | February 10, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

“The First Lady is a class act.” Third class: First lady Michelle Obama just launched a campaign to combat childhood obesity called “Let’s Move.” And this afternoon, obese children started their own program called “Let’s Not.”
This is a program straight out of the S.E.I.U. playbook - open your eyes.

Posted by: jahoby | February 10, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"I wish someone in a position ask them to explain those warming ages. "

Yeah, jjeleven, the fact that climate has changed naturally in the past IS proof that man cannot possibly be changing it now.

And the fact that people have died naturally in the past argues that murder doesn't exist, either - let's stop sentencing people to death for fictional crimes. Let's get arson off the statute books, too, since that obviously doesn't exist - fire happened before humans evolved, too. After all, if something happens naturally, it CAN'T be something that humans can have any effect on, can it?

As for those of you smugly insisting that heavy snows disprove climate change - um, large, unpredictable weather events (snow included) are exactly what the climate change theory PREDICTS. It does not predict a steady, constant, and unchanging rise in warmth, but serious climate weirdness caused by temperature changes in some places affecting weather events elsewhere.

Posted by: Catken1 | February 10, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I should follow Mrs. Obama's lead and ignore ignorate thoughts and erroneous opinions not based on facts BUT

Al Gore is making nothing on his books or movies. It is all donated.

Global warming is real despite the snow in you backyard. Interesting special on the decreased populations of penguins directly attributable to global warming. Read, or better yet, understand the science.

She is a class act.

Posted by: buddroke1 | February 10, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

The Press would love to start a fight between Mrs. Obama and Ms. Palin.

Both women are too smart for that.

Ms. Palin is after bigger fish and both women are right to protect their children by not involving families.

It's good to see two women from different parts of the political spectrum who are a lot smarter than the media.

Posted by: jfv123 | February 10, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

This same group of scientists who filed a report on global warming, (which in the past four months have found it riddled with holes), say that there have been three ice ages during man's existence. If there were three ice ages, then there must have been three warming ages. I wonder how Al Gore (who is now reaping millions on his movie and TV station) and his liberal scare people can account for the global warming of the three ice ages. I'm sure there were no oil, coal-fired and fossil fuel plants during those ages. Makes you wonder,doesn/t it! I wish someone in a position ask them to explain those warming ages. As for Sarah Palin, you can call her whatever you want, but she represents the feelings of the majority of Americans. Who could be less qualified to a post of leadership than Pelosi and Reid. They will see her effect during this year's mid-term elections and I ams saying these things as a life-long good old time "Southern Democrat."

Posted by: jjeleven | February 10, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

What is it about Sarah Palin that drives liberals into frenzied paranoia. Don't know, don't care, just enjoy watching the libs foam at the mouth.

Posted by: JCM-51 | February 10, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, somebody's gotta say it:

SARAH PALIN IS A FREAKIN' IDIOT!!

See, that wasn't so hard, was it?

Its something most republican fratboys are good at -- yelling and calling names.

Posted by: twilson66 | February 10, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Michele Obama was right to take a pass on Sarah Palin. She knows Palin is a force to reckon with. Palin represents a strong conservative force in the country that is probably as large as the strong liberal constituents that Obama can rely on. Taking a swing at her on Larry King will just rebound. She should let her liberal pundits do the talking. They are down there in the mud swinging with the Republican pundits.

Posted by: steven7753 | February 10, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I love this crap: the "cacophony of Republican hysterics"

The only thing that liberal Democrats can do right is tax and spend money on nothing...that's right...nothing. Nothing gets done on major work, bills, etc. Not in my lifetime...not since the 60s anyway.

Posted by: steven7753 | February 10, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and you flat-earth types making the Gore/Global Warming jokes, guess what, it's just one part of "Climate Change" and intense winter is part of it.

Posted by: fluxgirl
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And to think that you would need to explain this...scary, truly scary!!!

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 10, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

She and her husband are like breaths of fresh air huh?

Well to vscribe, the only thing that the Obamas have done together in their first year of office is dig a garden in the White House backyard. How successful is that? What a joke. Even with a stacked Congress he couldn't get any legislation passed. Obama should have been calling George W Bush to figure out how to get bills passed rather than relying on do-nothing Colin Powell's advice. Geez

Posted by: steven7753 | February 10, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Why does WaPo continue to waste ink and space on this twit??? I think I have found the answer. WaPo wants the People Magazine and USA Today crowd. Both rags cater to the dumb. TFL, Ken

Posted by: kentigereyes | February 10, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey Sarah Palin is the big mouth politician on the right, just as Pelosi is the big mouth female politician on the left. Palin and Pelosi both put their feet in their mouths and keep on swinging. So there liberals, you don't like Palin but you live with rope-a-dope Pelosi. I really loved how she blamed the CIA for "lying" to her when she was guilty as all sin for okaying whatever they were doing. So both sides are stuck with their teflon politicians. Personally I like a politician who doesn't pull punches. But of course the Post, where probably 90 percent are liberals, always gives Pelosi far more room than their condescending attitude towards Palin.

Posted by: steven7753 | February 10, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse


Thankfully she showed some class.

Unlike Robert Gibbs.

Posted by: jtcmd
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Also unlike Sarah Palin who's entire conversation or lack thereof is full of childish sound bites.

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 10, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Gosh Sarah is something else, I like to call her Fakin Palin, cause she knows how to play people, i saw this article here on this site and she actually has a lot of palin related posts but this one takes the cake if you haven't heard already,

http://bit.ly/ddFDYC

Posted by: republicanblack | February 10, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

(Not-so) common cents (clever, yes, I know) wrote:

"SARAH PALIN has emerged as one very smart woman"

I guess that all hinges upon how you define "smart." She certainly has done an amazing job of playing to the lowest elements of our society and getting far more notice than someone of her caliber would normally expect to get in a lifetime. However, how many brain cells does it really take to fool the not-so-brights among us...

Posted by: orgbluspider | February 10, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

The First Lady is a class act.

Who's Sarah Palin? What's more, who cares?

Oh, and you flat-earth types making the Gore/Global Warming jokes, guess what, it's just one part of "Climate Change" and intense winter is part of it.

Posted by: fluxgirl | February 10, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

NOW WE SEE THE REAL PRESIDENT....Michelle Obama! She's the politician of the family, just watch!! Be very careful!

Posted by: marcia51 | February 10, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Classic Lady!

King? - National Enquirer candidate.

Posted by: lufrank1 | February 10, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

First lady Michelle Obama just launched a campaign to combat childhood obesity called “Let’s Move.” And this evening, obese children started their own program called “Let’s Not.”

Posted by: jahoby | February 10, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mrs. Obama, for being such a class act. I'm glad you didn't fall for the baited questions on Sarah Palin. Americans should respect the responses you gave to questions about Sarah Palin. I'd like to know who Sarah Palin really is. It would be an awful disappointment to find out that she really does believe she's presidential material. I don't mind anyone thinking highly of themselves but most of us know our limitations. But for a person to be blind to his/her limitations is scary and dangerous thing, especially if that person could reach beyond his/her immediate environment and bring distruction to others.

Posted by: alesterp | February 10, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

In refusing to get drawn, Mrs. Obama showed that she has far more savvy and class than Robert Gibbs. Perhaps she should give lessons to the White House communications people on how to avoid embarrassing situations. She has certainly learned from her earlier mistakes made during the campaign. Great show, Michelle.

Posted by: Aquarius1 | February 10, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

fr vscribe:

>...The First Lady is a class act. She and her husband are like breaths of fresh air in the aftermath of the eight preceding years, and in the midst of the cacophony of Republican hysterics.

They sure are! I'm SO glad dumbya is out of the White House, and that common sense has returned to 1600 Penn Ave.

Posted by: Alex511 | February 10, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

In case you've been in your bubble reading Al Gore's pronouncements on GLOBAL WARMING while the snow piles up over your car; SARAH PALIN has emerged as one very smart woman who is the 'next wave' in American politics.

Lost power yet? Call GORE...heheheh.

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | February 10, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Beating Larry King at his own game...KUDOS Michelle....although it almost looked like you threw Gibbs under the bus with your feminist view point!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | February 10, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Looks to me like we elected the wrong Obama. The FLOUS at least understands and respects the "will" of the people. She should spend time with her husband and educate him on what it means to be criticized and how to handle criticism. Currently, Dear Leader takes all criticism personally and reacts combatively. Both reactions are wrong. Mrs. Obama, on the other hand, is smart enough to understand this so she avoids the trap. I guess we were not the only ones to fall for a dunce.

Posted by: Narquan | February 10, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse


Thankfully she showed some class.

Unlike Robert Gibbs.

Posted by: jtcmd | February 10, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Idiot questions like these are designed to do nothing more than provoke cheap confrontation.
No wonder Obama bypasses the White House press corps.
Miserable misbegotten myopic dimwits, you're no better than Fox News.

Posted by: michelmarizco | February 10, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Good interview! Our First Lady is a "class act."

Posted by: lesskx | February 10, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

WHY would Michelle waste her breath on sister?? Palin is NOT RELEVANT.

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | February 10, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

And what exactly was Michelle supposed to say to this question? That she hates Palin's guts?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 10, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness Michelle took a pass on Sarah Palin. Why bother to comment on her? Who is Sarah Palin? An one term ex governor, failed VP candidate. What would be great is if Sarah Palin would sit for an interview of substance. But we all remember how that worked out the last time. She will not run for the presidency. She will not be able to take the heat. She is enjoying her "moments of fame", but she will not return to the presidential contest. Keep building the base Sarah because thats all you can do!!!

Posted by: sbeck1 | February 10, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Obama deserves credit for decency in this interview. Finally, the more "civil discourse" we've been looking for.

Posted by: SavingGrace | February 10, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I watched this interview. The First Lady is a class act. She and her husband are like breaths of fresh air in the aftermath of the eight preceding years, and in the midst of the cacophony of Republican hysterics.

Posted by: vscribe | February 10, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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