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Michelle Obama on Take Your Children to Work Day

Michelle Obama Dishes Secrets to White House Staffers' Kids

On Take Your Kids to Work Day yesterday, Michelle Obama took questions from 170 children, ages 7 to 14. She later called the grilling her "first official press conference."

"They asked me a ton of questions," the first lady said, "and they were hard." So what did these intrepid, young reporters find out for us?

On her dream White House job: First lady. "I think I have the best job in the White House. I don't have to deal with the hard problems every day," she said. "Because I don't get paid, I get to do whatever I want."

The worst part of the White House: Running on the treadmill every morning.

On breaking the rules: "Every now and then I have this thing that I like to do with some of my staff members," she admitted, "we sneak out, without telling anybody, and we go and test out all the fun places to eat in DC. I went to Five Guys [the burger chain] and nobody knew it." An aid later amended that this didn't mean she went without the Secret Service. Too bad!

To see what else Michelle had to say,


On new dog Bo: He "likes to chew on people's feet and cause commotions. Oh, he is a crazy dog."

On no longer cooking: "I don't miss cooking," she said, "I'm just fine with other people cooking. Their food is really good."

What she'd do in the event of a major disaster: "I'd wake my husband up if it were at night. And I'd tell him, hey, buddy, you're the president, get down to the Oval Office and call some leaders."

Well, good to know!


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