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Fist Bump and 'Pathetic': Up for Discussion on 'The View'

Michelle Obama reveals how she initially felt about her husband's presidential aspirations Wednesday on 'The View.' Video by ABC

"I'm sorry, what does that mean?" co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked. "Should I be worried about doing that with you?"

Well, you might ask. But Michelle had a story ready:

"It's now my signature bump. But let me tell you I'm not that hip. I got this from the [campaign's] young staff. That's the new 'high-five' -- it's the fist bump."

That satanic ritual out of the way, we learned that this woman who might occupy the White House likes bacon, and is interested in pomegranate juice. The possible Future First Lady no longer wears pantyhose because they (a) don't fit, (b) are uncomfortable, (c) rip and (d) are inconvenient. All undeniable truths.

Asked how she reacted when her husband told her he wanted to run for president of the United States, she said, "It's like, please, don't do this! I didn't want Barack to go into politics because I thought politics was a mean business. I knew this man that I loved, he was sweet, empathetic --"

"Did you just say 'pathetic'?" asked co-host Sherri Shepherd.

"Yeah, right, 'pathetic,' " Obama joked, adding, "empathetic, empathetic, empathetic," while Whoopi began to spell it out "E-M-P-A-T-H -- ."

But it was too late:

· The View Ladies Dive In to Rescue Michelle Obama After She Calls Barack "Pathetic," the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet slapped up on her blog.

· The Freudian slip of the campaign (or was it?), Radar wondered.

"Saw it, heard it, Michelle meant what she said: 'sweet and pathetic,' " chimed in one commenter on Sweet's blog, adding, "She's said similar things previously. The 'helpful' Whoopi and others managed to create the impression that Princeton educated Michelle Obama doesn't know the difference between empathetic and pathetic. Not good."

An Obama spokesman called Sweet to say Michelle had said "empathetic."

Sweet updated her blog:

"After this was posted, Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor called to say Michelle Obama said 'empathetic,' not pathetic. I listened to a tape several times and heard the word pathetic. The reaction from the ladies on The View suggests that's what they heard too. 'It is a word that can be misheard,' Vietor said. Vietor said Obama said 'sweet, empathetic' not 'sweet and pathetic.' One thing for sure. When someone says 'Sweet,' I listen," Sweet wrote with all the certainty of someone who . . . oh, never mind.

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