Michelle Obama Stands by McChrystal Appointment, “We’re Proud to Have Him On Board”

Apr 18, 2011 2:20pm

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: 

First Lady Michelle Obama stands by the appointment of embattled General Stanley McChrystal to co-chair her White House commission on military families.

“He is the best choice, decades of service. We wanted to find someone that would have the respect of the community and he does, who understands the issues, and he does,” First Lady Michelle Obama said today on ABC’s “The View” today. “General McChrystal has served his country well. He knows these issues, and we’re proud to have him on board.”

 Mrs. Obama was asked if she has had a conversation with Pat Tillman’s mother, Mary Tillman who, angered by McChrystal’s appointment, told ABC’s Jake Tapper that he was part of the propaganda effort pushing the false tale that Tillman had been killed by the enemy, and keeping the truth from the world  — and their family.

 “No, we haven’t’ had one. We haven’t had one,” the First Lady answered. Mrs. Obama added that McChrystal is part of a “broader board of three – including Patty Shinseki, wife of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

 “We’re looking for someone from the private sector because we want to continue to get those collaborations,” she said.

 On a lighter topic – Mrs. Obama was asked about how the president is handling his first born, Malia Obama, approaching the teenager years.

 “He thinks he’s cool, but you know,” the First Lady joked of her husband. “The first time Malia went out for a party, and she was dressed—she had her hair done, and she’s tall and she had on a pretty dress. You could see him he was sort of like, gulp, I’m like easy dad. It’s only the beginning.”

 -Sunlen Miller

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