felt like a "Chief State Prisoner." (Laughter.) But she wasable to do good -- she lobbied for all of those veterans thatshe had been to camp with through the Revolutionary War. Andpeop
le don’t realize that first ladies have been doing that kind
of thing from Martha Washington --MRS. OBAMA: Absolutely.
MS. ROBERTS: And, Mrs. Obama, you talked about -- you'vetalked about, wherever you go, there's a light that shines, andthat you're able to shine that light on something that needs
attention that wouldn’t otherwise get it.
Talk about that alittle bit.MRS. OBAMA:
That’s absolutely true. I always joke that we
have probably the best jobs in the world because, unlike ourhusbands who have to react and respond to crisis on a minute-by-minute basis -- they come into office with a wonderful, profoundagenda, and then they're faced with the reality. (Laughter.)On the other hand, we get to work on what we're passionateabout.
And I think that that’s something that I would encourage
all first ladies to never lose sight of. You have anopportunity to speak to your passions and to really design andbe very strategic about the issues you care most about. And Ijust found it just a very freeing and liberating opportunity.
MS. ROBERTS: No state prisoner? (Laughter.)MRS. OBAMA: No, there are prison elements to it.(Laughter.) But it's a really nice prison, so --MRS. BUSH: But with a chef. (Laughter.)