Your Friendly NORAD Operator: Michelle Obama
First lady takes kids' calls, questions
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2010 8:48 AM CST
Michelle Obama helps sort toys at a Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots distribution center that distributes gifts to needy children in Washington, Friday, Dec. 17, 2010.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – For little kids who just wanted to know what time Santa was going to hit the roof, the voice at the other end of the phone might have raised other questions: "Hello, this is the first lady, Michelle Obama, with NORAD, tracking Santa. How can I help you?" While the president and the girls hit the beach, Obama took a turn as NORAD operator last night, telling kids to put out the cookies—and predictably, veggies—for the fat man and get to sleep lest he pass them by. Politico reports:

Santa was in South Africa, but "moving pretty fast," she told a boy named Max. And, yep, Rudolph is pulling the sleigh," she told Seth. As for that guy she married? "He’s a pretty good guy. I mean, it’s a tough job, and sometimes you want to do everything you can to help him, but it’s pretty easy being married to him. He’s kind of funny—fun to hang out with."