Watching your husband in a presidential debate is like “Olympics parents watching their kid on that balance beam -- you know, lots of clenching,” First Lady Michelle Obama told Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan during a taped interview for their ABC daytime talker “Live with Kelly and Michael.”
This would seem to also describe the interview, which was taped Thursday for broadcast Friday, based on the select quotes emailed to reporters by the show, though you can only get an imperfect picture without actually seeing the degree to which Kelly and Michael mugged for the camera — which is the show’s stock in trade.
We do know that Kelly wondered if Michelle Obama ever tried to give her husband an answer during a debate.
To which Michelle Obama answered: “They really caution you to be quiet and I try to follow the rules so I don’t get in trouble,” adding that the debates are “part of the [election] process and it’s an important part of the process.”
“Because the camera’s always on you, I can imagine in your head you’re going, ‘Get ‘em baby! Get ‘em baby! That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Yeah yeah, that’s my man!’,” Michael then began. We can’t wait to see that performance.
Michelle Obama does not appear to have said anything in response, because she’s not an idiot.
Michael did ask how she thought President Obama did in his two debates to date.
“I am always proud of my husband,” the First Lady responded.
“I’m proud of how he carries himself with consistency and poise and decency and honesty,” she added.
“Live with Kelly and Michael” can only tolerate so much seriousness, so the interview included a First Lady Lightning Round, in which they ask her ditzy questions about nothing – like when the Romneys appeared on the show last month and got asked who they wanted to play each other in their biopic, and what was the most embarrassing thing they’ve ever done besides appear on “Live with Kelly and Michael.”
“What is your guilty pleasure?” Michael asked the First Lady.
“What would we be surprised to find in your purse?” Kelly wondered.
“Nothing. There’s nothing in my purse,” Obama said. “I get teased for having a purse with nothing in it…no money, no keys…I have to find stuff to put in my purse.”
Kelly gave the First Lady some hand sanitizer to put in her purse.
“What super power would you like to have?” Michael asked.
Who writes this stuff?
“I would fly,” Michelle Obama responded.
And, in conclusion, when asked what is her favorite reality show, the First Lady responded, “I do love a little ‘Real Housewives’ every now and then.”