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First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by “The View” Tuesday where she talked about being a mother in the White House, eating healthy and her own political aspirations.

Michelle Obama told the ladies she was inspired to start a garden because she wanted daughters Sasha and Malia to be healthier. When the girls’ doctor specifically said that she needed to watch their diet, she decided to take control. Michelle said she began with small, important changes like adding more water and fresh vegetables to the family’s diet.

The hosts asked her if she ever worries she is pushing her image of First Lady too far, something critics have repeatedly accused her of doing (like hula-hooping on the South Lawn and appearing on tons of magazine covers and talk shows).

She responded, “I have to be my authentic self. You all can smell inauthenticity a mile away.”

When the subject of racism came up, Mrs. Obama said she thinks racism is a factor in this country but she added, “Barack Obama is the President of the United States. And this country put him in office.”

She added that the majority of what she gets as she travels around the country is “love.” “There is more that unites us than divides us. We are all fighting for a decent America.”

“Barack says when they go small and you go big — Always take the higher ground,” Michelle Obama emphasized.

The First Lady, who says she usually goes to bed around 9 (after Mr. President literally tucks her in) even though Malia is now staying up later to do homework. She said, “She and the President protect the girls from the negativity directed towards their Dad as best they can,” but she adds, “Their life is good either way. Their world is secure no matter what.” She says the girls understand that Dad has rough days, but that they are loved and protected.

The First Lady added that she teases the President a lot, but he DOES NOT tease her back… it’s part of the deal.

Mrs. Obama denied rumors that she intends to run for political office – she would NEVER run for political office. After 48 years of life, she says she knows her passion — and it is not politics.

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