First Lady Michelle Obama Reflects on her First Year

By Lindsey Ellerson

Jan 13, 2010 6:43pm

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies reports: The First Lady says Senator Harry Reid “had no need to apologize” for his remarks about the President’s skin tone and speech pattern.  Mrs. Obama held a roundtable at the White House with print reporters this morning, where she told them, “Harry Reid had no need to apologize to me because I know Harry Reid. I measure people more on what they do rather than the things that they say.” Mrs. Obama met with reporters from seven news organizations, including those from the Washington Post, the Associated Press, Politico and the New York Times.  Looking back on her first year as First Lady, which included more than 200 events at her new home along with visits to 14 states and eight countries, Mrs. Obama declared success.  She downplayed the bumps in the road – like the White House State Dinner Crashers incident, which she called “a footnote to what the state dinner actually was.” Echoing what she told Oprah Winfrey during the “Christmas at the White House” interview, Mrs. Obama told the group she plans to spend this year focused more heavily on the issue of healthy living.  She’ll speak at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington D.C. next Wednesday on the issue of childhood obesity, and said if it would help, she’d even be willing to head to the hill to help pass legislation overseeing federal-funded school lunch program, which up for renewal this year. Mrs. Obama said she has not decided whether she will campaign for Democrats in the upcoming fall elections. FLOTUS Fashion Watch: There was no photo/video coverage of the event.  According to reporters in the room, Mrs. Obama wore a red dress and above the knee Jimmy Choo boots, which she said was a way to avoid having to wear stockings. 

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