Michelle Obama Is a 'Single Mom' - Just Like The Rest Of Us (VIDEO)

Michelle and Barack ObamaOoooh I had to laugh when I read about Michelle Obama's little slip-up during an interview, when she called herself a "busy single mother." Does the President know?! Ha. Also -- Michelle? I know what you mean!

The First Lady was talking to CBS about the challenges of eating healthy for families when she made the flub:

"Believe me, as a busy single mother," she started, then quickly corrected herself. "Or, I shouldn't say single, as a busy mother," she said, then added, "Sometimes, you know, when you've got a husband who is president, it can feel a little single. But he's there."

Watch for yourself:

OMG, right? First of all, I'm amazed at how well she kept her cool! She barely batted an eyelash! I would have been blushing and stammering like a crazy person after making a goof like that. But for reals, we all know what she means, right? No matter how involved our hubbies or partners may be, there's something about being a mom that means you wear a zillion hats, whether you're single or not.

No matter if we stay home or work full time, moms are still very often the ones who have to figure out all the domestic stuff -- from making sure there's turkey for school lunches (Ooh sorry honey! Can you take jelly on a celery stick today? AUGH!) to making sure the forms are signed and the checks to ballet and soccer are in (Didn't we turn this permission slip in last week? What's it doing under the couch?!).

Mrs. Obama explained herself well when she said that it's not so much about resources, but time and energy: "... As a busy working mom, and before coming to the White House, I was in that position, you know, as well," she said. "Working, driving kids to practice, you know not having enough time to shop or cook, not having the energy … resources weren't the issue but time and energy is key."

I don't want this to reflect badly on my own husband, who is an awesome partner and the best father, and by NO MEANS am I saying that the average actual single mother's life is not more challenging than the average married mom's. No way, Jose. My mom was a single mom, I have single mom friends, and I know the reality. BUT, the fact that someone like Michelle Obama, who has plenty of resources at her disposal (from money to household help) can still make a slip-up that reveals how she sometimes feels like she's doing it ALL, just goes to show that while life today may be a LOT different than back in Mad Men days, some things might never change

But boy I sure wish I could have been a fly on the wall when Michelle tried to explain to Barack that little blooper!

Do you ever feel like a single mom, even if you're not?


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nonmember avatar blue

Ummm...No. What kind of lazy ass did you marry?

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

Yes. My husband works alllll the time. I am the main parent and sometimes i do feel like im doing the parenting part by myself.

nonmember avatar kisthis474

I hate it when married women call themselves single mothers. Uh, no, when your spouse is away a lot and SENDING HOME A PAYCHECK, you are NOT a single parent. When you don't have to deal with your children's father ignoring them for his new kids, and all that does to them emotionally, you ARE NOT a single parent. When there would be someone there to care for your kids when you get cancer and are in chemo, you ARE NOT a single parent. This is like people who get robbed and say "I feel like I was raped." Uh, no, nothing is like rape except rape, and nothing is like being a single parent except being a single parent. Get over yourselves and be glad your spouses are out there working hard to take care of your whiny asses.

Jennifer Overman Frater

Suck it up michelle you and your husband made a commitment when you all signed on for a 2nd term. At least your husband is there for the most part, when my soldier is deployed he gets to parent over skype. he will physically see his children two times in 12 months. So he misses a few dinners and a few tuck ins. how about you add up all the times my husband has missed those in his 4 tours each no less then 12months each. you should be a "single mother" for the remaining of his time in office, only to speak on the phone or skype no more than once a day and no longer than 30 min. quit complaining , suck it up, and move on.


kisthis474- totally agree. I was a single mother for a few years and it is nothing like "married/single" parent. stay strong he may or may not know what he is missing eventually your child/ren will see.

darli... darlingmeggy

Michelle Obama is a moron, this is just further proof.

darli... darlingmeggy

Michelle Obama is a moron, this is just further proof.

nonmember avatar Elise

I love Michelle Obama. She's a very lovely, genuine, down to earth woman and an amazing wife, mother, daughter and first lady.
I get what she's saying. I've felt like that often with my husband always on the road for business.
For many years Michelle did raise the girls much of the time while her husband was pre-occupied with State politics and later as Senator commuting back and forth to D.C.
In this tape she's talking mostly of her life pre- the White House and isn't complaining as much as she's empathizing.

Teal Chastain Blacksten

So she boo-booed! Do we have to make a federal case out of it?! 

tuffy... tuffymama

My husband works 70-80 hours a week but back when it was 80-100 hours a week, I still never felt like a single mother. His bust-ass schedule is a sacrifice so that I can sacrifice and stay home with our son. I was a single mom to my oldest for YEARS. It was so hard. I can't even explain it to someone who hasn't been there. The ladies who do it know what I mean. It was difficult and painful, but there was no partner to split my grief with, no cheerleader to keep me going, no sounding board for counsel, and no partner to support on any way. Mothering is hard, and the difficulties compound exponentially without a father around as a partner.



Mobama is an ass. They were so rich in Chicago before he was president and they are richer now, and she has NEVER had the workload I and most of the ladies on this site have had. Shame on her for riding the sad fact of daily hard life for many women, for her own gain. I wish she would go back to that hole she crawled out of.

Melissa Lavallee

I get what she means, and I disagree with the comment that if your husband "is bringing home a paycheck" it doesn't make you a single mom. A lot of single mom's get child support checks. But either way, I have told my Fiance that I feel like a single mom a lot because he is ALWAYS working. And I am ALWAYS taking care of the baby by myself, as much if not more than a single mom would, so I understand.


And just because someone comes with MONEY doesn't mean that they don't struggle in life, I really wish people wouldn't be so judgemental. I'm sure being first lady isn't a peice of cake, she has people constantly judging her for petty crap that doesn't even matter. I'm pretty sure SHE isn't the moron. She seems like a very nice lady to me.

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