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Michelle Obama's CBS exclusive: Barack loves her shrimp linquine



8:06 A.M. EDT, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2008

MS. CHEN: During Maggie's exclusive interview with Michelle Obama yesterday, we learned how tough it is on the campaign trail, as well as where she stands on some of the issues. This morning Mrs. Obama gives us a personal look into her marriage to Barack Obama, life at home with their two daughters, and the future.

(Begin videotaped segment.)

MS. RODRIGUEZ: Finish this sentence.

MS. OBAMA: Okay.

MS. RODRIGUEZ: "I wish I was more" --

MS. OBAMA: I wish I was more -- probably patient. I'm getting there. (Laughs.)

MS. RODRIGUEZ: "I wish Barack" -- "I wish Barack wasn't so" --

MS. OBAMA: I wish Barack wasn't so busy all the time. (Laughs.)

MS. RODRIGUEZ: I knew you'd say that. Who cooks at home?

MS. OBAMA: When we cook, I cook. But a lot of times we -- you know, it's a lot of ordering out. It's a lot of folks bringing food, you know. It's -- this year has not been usual.


MS. OBAMA: But outside of this year, I would generally cook.

MS. RODRIGUEZ: Are you a good cook?

MS. OBAMA: I'm a good cook when I have time to do it. But I'm not -- you know, I'm not somebody who has to cook. If there's somebody else who's got a good meal, we're there. (Laughs.)

MS. RODRIGUEZ: If he's had a long day and he just wants to come home and have Michelle's what -- what's the best meal you make that he loves?

MS. OBAMA: Oh, he loves my shrimp linguine. It's garlicky, with sun-dried tomatoes. That's one of his favorite dishes.

MS. RODRIGUEZ: Is there ever a time, at the end of the day, when you and Senator Obama are home and you just think, "What have we gotten ourselves into?"

MS. OBAMA: (Laughs.) Well, first, we'd have to be at home together. (Laughs.)

MS. RODRIGUEZ: (Laughs.) Which doesn't happen?

MS. OBAMA: And as you probably know -- you have kids -- your kids become your focus. And when we're not doing this, we're thinking about what we need to do to make sure that the girls are on point, that they've got their Halloween costumes, that we send in the project for the next assignment, that we're going to make it to the parent- teacher conference. That tends to consume all that extra energy and time that you have to daydream and ponder and think about what we've gotten ourselves into.

MS. RODRIGUEZ: What do your girls say they want to be when they grow up?

MS. OBAMA: Malia says she wants to be an actress. But she wants to go to a good school like Yale so that she can get a job if the acting thing doesn't work out. (Laughs.) Sasha says -- I think she wants to sing or dance. They're still into wanting to perform. I'm trying to, you know, get them focused on, like, law or something like that, but right now they love the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana. So I think they see themselves as Disney potential. (Laughs.)

MS. RODRIGUEZ: Favorite romantic movie. And can you recite a line from it?

MS. OBAMA: Oh, gosh. See, this is tough. I'm not good at lines from movies. Gosh, you're stumping me on that one.

MS. RODRIGUEZ: Best spontaneous romantic gesture from your husband.

MS. OBAMA: Well, I think this -- our anniversary. It wasn't -- nothing is as spontaneous these days. But the fact that he took time off the campaign trail, flew home, took me to a wonderful dinner, gave me a beautiful gift -- that I won't share -- and that, you know, the fact that he did it in the midst of all this, because I told him, "You know what, let's just not worry about our anniversary this year; we can celebrate later." He's, like, "Absolutely not."

MS. RODRIGUEZ: How many years?

MS. OBAMA: Sixteen.


MS. OBAMA: Sixteen years.

MS. RODRIGUEZ: Where do you see yourself in 16 years?

MS. OBAMA: Sixteen years. Barack will have served two successful terms in the White House, and our children will have been in college and they'll be starting their careers. And, you know, we'll be starting to think about that next phase of life. But I'm hoping that he and I have some time to travel, spend time with friends. You know, I see us moving into the next phase of our adult life.


I'll be proud to have this fine lady as our next First Lady. I'm 65, an English teacher, white female, who also loved Nancy Reagan. Having lived in Arizona, where I taught the neglected, exploited and overlooked Apaches, the last man I'd ever vote for is Sen. John McCain, that Arizona casino high-roller who sat on the Indian Board and ended up, after earning their trust, betraying the Apaches. One way was allowing Apache land to be used by a copper mining company, destroying their sacred grounds. In another example, Mccain voted against the G.I. education bill that would have helped young Apaches returning from the wars to be able to get a college education. One Apache I taught was 20 years old and still kept failing in high school. I asked him why. "After I graduate," he said, "I have to choose between going into the military and getting shot at, being a rodeo rider and getting my bones broken, or chopping wood for a living." Sen. Obama knows what the poor have to face: he gave up years of his life to help the poor. Enough said.

Here is a CBS Interview with Cindy McCain.

I'll just post the questions asked. and the intro paragraph:

(CBS) CBS News anchor Katie Couric talked one-on-one with Cindy McCain about her husband's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate. They also discussed social issues, such as abortion. Couric began by asking McCain if the governor has been rattled by the intense media scrutiny

Katie Couric: When did you and your husband first discuss her as a possibility?

Couric: Do you feel confident, Mrs. McCain, that the vetting process which is getting a lot of attention was as thorough as it needed to be and that Sen. McCain knew everything he needed to know?

Couric: The scuttlebutt, if you will, behind the scenes is that Sen. McCain really wanted Joe Lieberman to be his running mate, but social conservatives would have found him unacceptable because of his position on abortion.

Couric: Some, even Republicans, seemed surprised that Sen. McCain picked a running mate who opposes abortion even in the cases of rape and incest, and believes creationism should be taught in schools. And I'm just curious, do you agree with that?

Couric: Where do you stand on abortion?

Couric: So do you oppose it even in cases of rape and incest?

Couric: So that's where you two differ in terms of your position on that.

Couric: And do you believe Roe V. Wade should be overturned?

Couric: No. Why not? Your husband does.

Couric: He believes it should be overturned. That's what he told me, and that it should go to the states.

Couric: So, you believe it should be overturned or shouldn't be overturned.

Couric: How do you feel about creationism? Do you think it should be taught in schools?

Democrats like Michelle Obama get asked questions like, "Why are you so wonderful?"

Republicans like Cindy McCain get grilled over policy questions as if they have a say...Couric's treatment of Cindy McCain is just another example.

The mainstream media is hopelessly liberal.

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