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Michelle Obama shrugs off criticism of recent public appearances: "My bangs set off a national conversation."

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First Lady Michelle Obama may be catching heat for a recent ABC interview and for upstaging Jack Nicholson at the Oscars on Sunday.
In a stop in Chicago on Thursday, she shrugged if off.

"I don't think about that stuff," she said in a pooled media interview. Mrs. Obama said criticism of her recent appearances doesn't bother her.

"My bangs set off a national conversation," said Mrs. Obama during the interview in which she also hinted at a more international second term agenda. "We've got a lot of talking going on," she said. "Everybody's kitchen table conversation is now accessible to everybody else. It's absolutely not surprising."

"There's no logic in that, she said, adding "It doesn't have anything to do with me. Anyone in this position has a huge spotlight and in modern day media the spotlight just gets more intense. I don't attribute this to me or Barack. The culture has just shifted."

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