Obama On Being Booed: "The Truth Is We Get A Lot More Cheers"


BARBARA WALTERS: I know that by now, you both have fairly thick skins. But when you hear your husband being booed, the president, at a recent basketball game, how do you feel?

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: It's part of being president of the United States --

WALTERS: So, it doesn't get to you?

MICHELLE OBAMA: It's part of the job. You know, I don't really know what more to say, Barbara, except it's, you know, it's a hard job. I am fortunate to be living with a man who has a long view of this job. Who understands that in the case of healthcare, that this is all about the folks who don't have insurance, the folks that he sees every single day.

WALTERS: This is a man man you love, who people, some people --

MICHELLE OBAMA: I do. I love you.


MICHELLE OBAMA: It's plain and simple as that, Barbara. I love this man. He's working hard. He's doing the best he can and he's doing a phenomenal job. And I have his back.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: She does have my back.

MICHELLE OBAMA: From five years to today to forever, I've got his back.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: And the truth is, Barbara -- the other thing is, a lot of people have our backs. A lot of people give us support. The truth is we get a lot more cheers. But this is an example of --

MICHELLE OBAMA: I've been booed.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Sort of a narrative --

MICHELLE OBAMA: And I'm pretty popular.


MICHELLE OBAMA: My numbers look pretty good, and I've been booed.

WALTERS: Your numbers are better than his numbers.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Absolutely. I think that's always been the case.

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