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Friday, April 29, 2011

First Lady Gets Tough Questions From Kids

The First Lady gets questioned by children of administration employees
on Take Our Sons and Daughters To Work Day. Photo/CD Brown.
First Lady Michelle Obama was asked questions about what she does in role of First Lady, and more, as sons and daughters of Obama Administration employees descended on the White House Monday for Take Our Sons and Daughters To Work Day.

About 200 young girls and boys got to visit the White House and speak with the First Lady to ask her a myriad of questions; ranging from her likes and dislikes to what it's like living in the White House.
When asked how surprise she was when her husband became President of the United States, Mrs. Obama called it "a shocking thing" to see the first African American president.  "And I think a lot of people didn’t believe that it was possible.  But I think a lot of people hoped that it could be possible, right?  Because we’re a country that’s all about equality, right?  That’s what my kids say.  Equal means equal.  That means everybody has the same opportunities to do whatever they want to do.  And I think it’s cool when that actually works on so many different levels, even the presidency of the United States."

Mrs. Obama also said she was "excited" and would be just as excited when a woman becomes president of the United States.

"And that's going to happen one day, as well.  And that will be exciting and shocking for the very same reasons", Mrs. Obama answered.

Mrs. Obama was also asked what her favorite color is (purple being one of them), her favorite sport (tennis, basketball), and her favorite part of the White House (the Rose Garden).

On living in the White House Mrs. Obama said she was also shocked seeing the residents area of  the White House, but has since gotten over it.

"I went on a tour just like everybody else did.  So I knew what to expect on this floor (East Room), but then you go upstairs where the President and the President’s family lives, and it was a shock.  But it’s not a shock anymore.  It’s just kind of normal."

When we asked one of the students what it was like talking with the First Lady Lady, she replied:  "It was awesome and overwhelming."

Mrs. Obama takes a question from a young girl at the White House. Photo/CD Brown.

 Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® program goes beyond the average “shadow” an adult. Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success. Each year, we develop new interactive activities and partnerships that will assist us in taking girls and boys to the future they dream of.

- From the Daughters and Sons To Work web site.

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