First Lady Michelle Obama Ready to Campaign For President Obama: 'We're Gonna Be Out There!'
By LISA HIRSCH
April 12, 2011 (Los Angeles, CA)- ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT's Nancy O'Dell sat down with First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden at the White House for a rare new sit-down interview to air tonight, April 12th and tomorrow, April 13th.
President Barack Obama recently announced his plan to run for re-election in 2012, and the women say they're ready to hit the campaign trail. Michelle tells Nancy, "Barack and Joe have done a phenomenal job and we're gonna be out there making sure people know their records. So, we're ready to go when the time comes."
Michelle points out, "There have been only 44 presidents in this United States and it's an honor to be able to serve and we will take up the call again. We'll work very hard on behalf of this country."
The women are working hard to encourage support for military families and personally invited ET inside the White House to unveil their military initiative.. Michelle tells ET, "On the course of the campaign trail I got to meet so many phenomenal women, because a lot of these spouses are women, telling the stories of how of they're juggling everything that all of us are juggling, but their doing it on their fourth and fifth deployment; trying to raise kids in a healthy way."
"These women's stories took my breath away and I vowed then on the campaign trail, if I had the honor of serving as first lady, I would try to be their voice," Michelle says.
Dr. Biden knows firsthand what it's like to have a loved one deployed overseas: "My son is [in the] Delaware Army National Guard so we've been a military family for 10 years."
Of raising awareness about the plight of military families, Dr. Biden says, "I knew that this was one issue that I wanted to work on."
Michelle says that everyone has an opportunity to help a military family: "It can be something as small as knowing who the military families are in your community and reaching out and mowing a lawn," or something like offering to take over a carpool or "baking a cake, saying thank you, acknowledging their presence."