The Washington Times - October 16, 2012, 06:08AM

According to first lady Michelle Obama, her husband leaves his work at the office — to the extent that he can — in order to make sure that she and her two daughters are spared any strains of the job of commander-in-chief.

“I think one of the things he does is that when he walks in the door, he’s Barack and he’s Dad,” she said in an interview broadcast Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show. “And I am always astounded when I read in the paper or I talk to some advisers and I find out what he’s actually dealt with in any given day. But when we sit down to dinner, you know, he lets that all go for that moment. He is there for me, he is there for Sasha and Malia, and he’s there as a Dad.”


Mrs. Obama, who has made combating childhood obesity her main issue as first lady, admitted that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a guilty pleasure, but that she still manages to eat healthy while on the road.

She has ruled out a potential run for political office in the future. But she also said she wasn’t entirely sure what will be in store when she moves out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., though she does want to continue to work on childhood obesity and outreach to military families.

“But who knows?” she added. “You never know what the future holds, and who knows what life will look like in another five years when this is over? And I know that whatever I do, he’ll be right there with me, as he always has been.”