Presidential Debates 2012

Michelle Obama Thinks Husband Did Just Swell in First Debate

Now shut up and eat your broccoli

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While President Barack Obama has acknowledged that his performance in the first debate failed to impress some voters, his wife said on Tuesday that she felt like the proud and nervous mother of an Olympian watching from the stands.

"When you watch the Olympics and you see all the gymnasts' parents, that's how I feel," first lady Michelle Obama told a small group of reporters at a roundtable discussion in Leesburg, Va.

"But you cant gesture, you can't yell, 'GO BABY! Yes!' They intimidate the hell out of you. So I'm just squeezing my hands, trying to make sure that I'm paying attention, because that's the only instruction he gives—'Just look like you're listening, that's all I want.'"