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Michelle Obama calls herself a ‘single mom’

By Mason White 2:55 PM April 5, 2013
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By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) Being the wife of the most powerful man in world is not easy. Being the First Lady of the United States involves sharing your husband with the world and taking on more responsibilities, alone.

In an interview with a Burlington, Vermont Television station, First Lady Michelle Obama mistakenly called herself a “busy single mom.” When she realized her mistake she jokingly said: “when your husband is president it can feel like a single mom.” Then she changed the phrase to: “I’m a busy working mother.”

During the interview which focused mainly on Michelle Obama’s “Let’s move” initiative to combat childhood obesity, the First Lady also addressed the competitive pressures faced by mothers who have to juggle work and family life.

Discussing the struggle many parents face in balancing work and family life, the First Lady took on a sympathetic tone.

Obama seemed to recover almost immediately from the flub. “You know, when you have a husband who is president, you may feel a little single, but he’s there,” she smiled referring to her husband President Obama.

“As a busy working mother, and before coming to the White House, I was in that position as well, working, driving the kids to practice, not having enough time to shop or cook, and not having the energy,” she said.

“Being a public figure and having people scrutinize your every word must be a difficult thing. Michelle Obama had a lot on her plate, and we should give her a break with the “single mom” slip of the tongue comment,” Debra Millowitz, 23, from Washington, D.C. told

“Obama comes across as a mother who understands the everyday struggling mother,” Miley Totenberg, 41, a working mother of 5 children in Long Island, New York, told

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