11/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Michelle Paterson Speaks Out On Obama (VIDEO)

While her husband spent the day denying he "ever took a shot" at President Obama as payback for his vote of no confidence this past weekend, Michelle Paterson went to bat in his defense.

At a luncheon Wednesday, New York's first lady told the New York Post:

David's the first African-American governor in the state of New York and he's being asked to get out of the race. It's very unusual and it seems very unfair.

But she still has hope for her husband, saying that "this might give Dave the opportunity to show who he really is to New Yorkers."

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