First lady Michelle Obama tells Oprah Winfrey that when she feels bad, she thinks about the country’s military families and knows better than to complain.
“Whenever I’m feeling bad, feeling sorry for myself, I suck it up because of these families,” Obama told the talk diva in a program set to air Thursday.
The first lady, who will launch a national campaign in support of military families in March, told Winfrey she is most impressed by the strength, pride and courage of the families behind the men and women in uniform.
“Their willingness to sacrifice without complaint moves me every single time,” Obama said.
Winfrey noted that Obama seemed moved by the “resiliency” of military families, and drew this response from the first lady: “Absolutely. Part of the challenge of getting the message out about military families is they never ask for help. They never ask for help because you don't do that when you're in the military. You get it done. That's how you're trained. That's what you're taught.”
On Monday, Obama joined her husband in announcing a government-wide effort to help military spouses and children.
Winfrey’s program also features former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw and journalist and author Bob Woodward. It’s called: “The Oprah Winfrey Show: The Bravest Families in America with First Lady Michelle Obama, Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward.”
The first lady taped the show in Chicago last Friday. Publicists released excerpts of the program today. The program airs Thursday at 9 a.m. on ABC’s Channel 7 in the Chicago area. Elsewhere, people are being urged to check their local TV listings for the time the show will air.