Michelle Says Nation Owes Military Families More

First Lady to pay special attention to hurting relatives of soldiers
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Mar 13, 2009 9:58 AM CDT
In this image released by ABC, "Good Morning America," host Robin Roberts, left, interviews first lady Michelle Obama at Ft. Bragg, N.C., Thursday, March 12, 2009.    (AP Photo/ABC, Donna Svennevik)
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(Newser) – Michelle Obama usually keeps it pretty cool. But in her first TV interview since moving into the White House, she showed particular emotion talking about the precarious state of military families. “It hurts, it hurts,” she told Robin Roberts of ABC. “These are people who are willing to send their loved ones off to, perhaps give their lives—the ultimate sacrifice. But yet, they’re living back at home on food stamps. It's not where we should be as a nation."

Obama, who visited Fort Bragg in North Carolina yesterday and met with military families, also spoke of adjusting to life in the spotlight with her daughters. "I think they're doing great because I've been able to strike a balance," she said. "I have a pretty full plate, but I still have time to be home for homework and to make sure I'm there before they leave." So how does she unwind? "I must confess. Sometimes I just click on some non-important TV and just veg out."