Michelle Obama Talks Obesity, Love of Country, on Fox

By Dschabner

Feb 20, 2010 9:35pm

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies Reports:

It was a first lady first.  Michelle Obama on Fox News.  The interview with host Mike Huckabee, taped on Friday in a first grade classroom in Philadelphia, focused on her anti-childhood obesity campaign “Let’s Move.” But the host couldn’t resist asking, does the first lady ever watch Fox News?

“I don't watch news that much,” she said. “And I try to keep home kind of a news-free zone.  It's sort of like when you work above the shop, you can't just bring news home.”

Her husband’s administration has waged a public battle with the cable network.  In June, President Obama lamented to CNBC’s John Harwood, “I've got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration.”

Michelle Obama herself repeatedly came under fire on the network during the campaign, after she told a crowd in Wisconsin in February 2008 that because of husband’s quest for the White House, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country.”

Asked by Huckabee what she wants America to know about her, the first lady said, “I'm doing everything I can every day to make my country proud. So that when I go abroad and represent us, I want America to know that I'm thinking about doing it the best way that I can. Truly.”

Huckabee pressed Obama again, asking, “Is there a perception or a narrative about you that you feel has been misrepresented? Or maybe been unfair?”

“To the extent that it was during the course of the campaign, I think people have gotten to know me," she said. “I love my country, you can't do this if you don't. The same is true for my husband.”

Huckabee also delved in the politics of the "Let’s Move" initiative, asking whether critics are right when they accuse her of trying to propagate a “nanny state” where “the government is telling us what we can eat.”

“This is the one thing that this initiative isn't,” she responded. “This is not government intervention.”

Obama said her approach is rooted in personal and community choices, with government aiding in part.

"This is not an initiative about telling people what to do.  It's giving people the tools to make decisions that make sense for them," she said.

Huckabee himself has famously battled the bulge, losing more than 100 pounds as then-governor of Arkansas.  But he’s put some of those pounds back on, telling the first lady, “I’ve been kind of off the wagon.”  She offered they “work out our arms together” and suggested that the next time he interview her, he showcase his progress.

“Next interview, shirt off” she said with a laugh.

“Oh, I don’t know if you want to see that,” Huckabee responded.

FLOTUS Fashion Watch: Obama wore a blue velvet jacket over a gray sweater, white dress shirt and black pants.

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