Michelle Obama: politics tough, but 'Dad is always going to be Dad'
First Lady Michelle Obama discusses family life, the need for her daughters to have thick skin and her advocacy for American families to eat right and exercise during interviews to promote her new book on the White House garden.
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Michelle Obama says her daughters are learning that even the kids of politicians have to have a thick skin.
"Politics is tough," the first lady said Tuesday. "That's just sort of the nature of the beast."
Mrs. Obama chatted about family life, this year's re-election campaign and what's not ahead for her — a career in politics — during a round of interviews promoting the release of her new book on the White House garden.
As for the personal attacks that swirl around her husband in a campaign year, the first lady said: "You just sort of have to have a thick skin in this thing. And your kids do too."
Malia and Sasha "understand that their world is secure no matter what," Mrs. Obama said on ABC's "The View." ''They've grown to understand that home is wherever we are. ... And Dad is always going to be Dad. So they're good."
The first lady left no doubt on the question of a political future of her own.