Live With Kelly: First Lady Michelle Obama Interview

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First Lady Michelle Obama on “Live”

Kelly and Bryant were honored to welcome the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, to today’s show. Mrs. Obama has a new book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Garden and Gardens Across America, and all of the proceeds go to the National Park Foundation. In addition to her book, Mrs. Obama discussed raising her two daughters, cell phones, and how we can fight the problem of childhood obesity in America.

When she first sat down with Kelly and Bryant, Mrs. Obama revealed that she actually went to high school with Bryant’s sister, Renee, in Chicago. Bryant had no idea! Kelly said, “how did you not know that?” Bryant and Mrs. Obama actually grew up in the same neighborhood, and both of their fathers were precinct captains.

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Live With Kelly: Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama talked about the White House Garden and her book "American Grown." (K2 Images / Shutterstock.com)

Mrs. Obama has about a million followers on her Twitter account (@MichelleObama), so if you’re not one of them, follow her now! Kelly brought up a great picture that Mrs. Obama recently tweeted out. It was a picture of herself and her husband when they were newly engaged and on a trip to Africa.

Mrs. Obama explained that it was the first time that she traveled to Africa to meet some of the President’s extended family. His grandmother was living in Nairobi, Kenya, and while visiting her, their car broke down in the middle of a slum. She said that it was a great reminder of a time when they were young, had no money, and started traveling together.

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Michelle Obama: White House Play Dates

Kelly brought up Mrs. Obama and the President’s two daughters, Malia and Sasha. At 14 and 11, they are the youngest kids in the White House since the children of John F. Kennedy. Kelly said that her kids always wonder what it must be like to live in the White House, and kids really connect with Malia and Sasha.

Mrs. Obama said that it’s amazing how many kids come up to her and ask her for a play date. She wishes she could invite everyone over, but of course, there’s no way!

Michelle Obama: Normal Family Life

Mrs. Obama stressed how important maintaining a normal (at least as normal as they can get!) family life for the girls. She referred to family dinners as “critical.” Her biggest concern when entering the White House wasn’t the political pressure, but wondering how she would help her daughters to adjust to their new, extraordinary lifestyle. But Mrs. Obama assured everyone that they are doing great.

Kelly marveled at how polite and poised the Obama girls are– especially in comparison to her own rowdy children. She asked Mrs. Obama if the girls ever cause any embarrassing moments like with other kids. Mrs. Obama assured her that there are plenty of embarrassing moments, you just don’t see them on camera!

Like with many American families, Mrs. Obama weighed heavily on the decision whether or not to give her daughters cell phones. Malia has one, but Sasha won’t get one until she’s older. Mrs. Obama said that Malia got a lot of lectures about responsibility, and they actually might have scared her!

Michelle Obama: American Grown

American Grown is Mrs. Obama’s book, and it is the story of how the White House Garden came to be. As a mom, Mrs. Obama realized that she wanted to engage her children with the food that they’re eating in order to get them healthier. Her grandmother had a garden on the south side of Chicago, so she’s not the first generation with a green thumb!

Mrs. Obama explained that 1 in 3 American kids is either overweight or obese, and that the average child spends 7.5 hours a day in front of a television or computer. These are frightening statistics for our country, as the problem of unhealthy lifestyles grows bigger and bigger.

However, gardens are a great way to combat this problem. By growing a garden, you can not only get your child, as well as yourself, moving, but also thinking and caring about the food that your family eats. The Obamas do not care for beets, but there is almost every other vegetable in the White House Garden.

Learn the story of the White House Garden, plus how you can create a healthy lifestyle for your family, with Mrs. Obama’s book, American Grown.

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