With only days before the election, wowOwow's Lesley Stahl caught up with Michelle Obama ...
Lesley: If you win, you'll be inheriting an economy in as dire a condition as most of us have ever seen. Do you see a role for the First Lady in dealing with the psychology of tough times? What can a First Lady do?
Michelle: Leading us out of this economic crisis is the job of the next president. But the First Lady can help in crucial ways. She can be a bridge to communities across the country - talking with folks about their concerns, their struggles and their hopes for the future. Over the last year and a half, I've been hosting roundtable discussions with working women and military spouses, and I've heard countless stories from women and families who are having a really tough time in this economic downturn. They're doing everything they can to make a good life for their families, but still, they're slipping.
I've really treasured these discussions. It's been incredibly valuable to hear these women's voices and their stories. As First Lady, I would keep these conversations going, and bring their stories back to my husband and his staff, because our president really needs to understand the challenges that working women and military families face, so he can enact policies that will truly bring change people really need to their everyday lives. In an Obama White House, those conversations will happen. We'll keep talking and we'll keep listening. I want to help women and families have more of a voice in our government. They deserve it.