Opinion: Put Michelle Obama in the bacon camp


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In the best tradition of their show, the folks at ‘The View’ quickly dispensed with one bit of serious business they were compelled to confront during Michelle Obama’s ‘co-hosting’ stint today -- a discussion of her comment about being ‘really proud of my country’ for ‘the first time in my adult lifetime’ (which you can read about here).

That dispensed with, Obama settled into free-flowing chitchat during the ABC program that produced these tidbits:


** Her typical breakfast consists of toast, fruit and bacon. Indeed, ‘We’re bacon eaters,’ she said of herself and her husband, Barack Obama. The dietician sharing the segment with her predictably recommended ‘lean, turkey bacon.’

** She long ago gave up on panty hose, in part because they run so easily, particularly for a woman of her height (5’ 11’).

** ‘Kids are drawn to’ her husband, she speculated, because ‘his first name is easy to say.’ In fact, some tots have been known to refer to him as ‘Baracko.’

Obama made a point, as she made her entrance onto the set at the show’s start, to offer her co-hosts what she wryly termed her ‘signature greeting’ -- fist bumps.

That was a reference, of course, to the boneheaded segment Fox News recently aired on the fist bumps the Obamas exchanged two weeks ago on the night Barack snared enough delegates to become the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Obama seems to be adapting to her heightened profile, which includes sharing the cover with her husband on the new edition of US Weekly (which our friends at the Chicago Tribune’s Swamp blog write about here). She was cool and collected during her ‘View’ appearance; if anyone was nervous, it was Whoopi Goldberg, who spilled the contents of her coffee cup just as the show broke for its first commercial.

For Ticket coverage of Cindy McCain’s TV appearances, including ‘The View,’ go here.


--Don Frederick