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Michelle Obama Cubs Fan? First Lady Hints At A Chicago Baseball White House Rivalry (VIDEO)

Posted: 04/27/2012 11:16 am Updated: 04/27/2012 11:16 am

Michelle Obama Cubs Fan
First lady Michelle Obama speaks to children in the East Room of the White House in Washington in celebration of the "Bring Your Children to Work Day" Thursday, April 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

First Lady Michelle Obama, Chicago Cubs fan? Yes, it's true!

On Thursday, Michelle came clean about one area where she and Barack do not see eye to eye: Chicago baseball team alliances. Despite the Obamas' South Side Chicago roots, Michelle said during the White House's Take Your Child To Work Day event that she "grew up a Cubs fan," the Chicago Tribune reports.

"We're a mixed marriage," she explained to a 10-year-old boy who asked the First Lady if she was "as big of a White Sox fan as your husband."

Michelle Obama went on to explain that she has a special, sentimental connection to the North Side team.

"And people always wonder, well, why are you a Cubs fan, because we live on the South Side," Obama continued, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "But I tell them, my dad was a Cubs fan from the time I was little. And that's one thing that he and I did -- when I would come home from school, the Cubs would be playing; they'd usually be just in the third inning by the time I got home from school at 3:30; and José Cardenal would be third man up to bat, and we'd sit and we'd watch the game."

That said, the First Lady added that she loves all of Chicago's teams, even if her connection to the Cubs is stronger, NBC Chicago notes.

President Obama is a well-known Sox supporter and recently placed a call to Sox pitcher Philip Humber congratulating him on the incredible perfect game he pitched last week.

In 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama hinted that he felt Cubs fans weren't as serious about the sport of baseball as Sox fans are.

"You go to Wrigley Field, you have a beer, beautiful people up there," Obama told ESPN. "People aren't watching the game. It's not serious. White Sox, that's baseball. South Side."

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