‘The View’: Michelle Obama on Race, Health and Her Political Future

by | May 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM | The View

First Lady Michelle Obama on 'The View' (Photo: ABC)

Michelle Obama took some time away from her busy job as mom, wife, and First Lady to talk with the ladies of “The View” about her husband, her aspirations, and her commitment to making a healthier America.

The First Lady, who appeared on the show to promote her new book, “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,” was keen to discuss her passion projects, but she was happy to indulge the hosts with some talk about the upcoming election as well.

“Do you think in this campaign, which is getting fairly ugly, that racism is still going to be a part of it?” Barbara Walters asked the First Lady.

Obama responded, “I think people want to know that we live in a country where there’s fairness and equity, where people have a fair shot. Where kids like myself — who grew up with parents who didn’t go to college, didn’t have all the opportunities, went to public schools — that we all have an opportunity to succeed… Race is still an issue in this country, but I tell you right now, Barack Obama is President of the United States and he’s done a phenomenal job. This country put him in office.”

“And they will again,” said Joy Behar, who has been vocal in her support of the President’s re-election campaign.

“There is more that unites us than divides us,” explained Obama. “The truth is, we’re all fighting for a decent America.”

Regarding her “Let’s Move” campaign, Obama admitted that her influence alone could not stop the childhood obesity epidemic, but that she hoped her book would inspire more families to cook and eat fresh foods and incorporate gardening as a family activity. “We’re not going to solve this problem with government telling people what to do,” said the First Lady. “But what people do need — parents in particular — they need information. They need a community that’s helping them make the decisions that are right for them, and that means they need good labels on products. They need schools to offer nutritious, healthy meals, so it doesn’t undermine what they’re trying to do at home. We’ve got to figure out ways to help our kids get more active, ’cause there are many communities where you can’t send your kid outside to play anymore.”

While Mrs. Obama has been instrumental in implementing programs to promote health, education, and support for military families, you won’t be seeing her name on a ballot anytime soon.

“There are rumors that if the President is not re-elected, or even in the future, that you might consider running for political office,” said Walters.

“Those are other peoples’ rumors,” said Obama, who did say that if she were to work with the government, she would prefer to continue helping military families. “There are so many ways to serve, and being President is one of the hardest ways. That’s one of the reasons why I tell Barack I’m a little smarter than him – I picked the easier job. But no, I have no interest in politics. Never have, never will.”

While her husband may still bear the brunt of one of the world’s most difficult jobs, she disclosed that he still makes time to keep up with a sweet nightly tradition.

“I heard that [Barack] does something special for you,” said Sherri Shepherd. “President Obama, your husband, tucks you in at night.”

“He does,” admitted the First Lady. “It’s one of many ways that Barack shows me and the girls how special we are. That’s the thing that touches me about him: I don’t care what’s on his plate, I don’t care what he’s struggling with – when he steps off that elevator into our residence, he’s Barack, and Dad.”