The first lady was on Larry King Live Tuesday night discussing, among other things, her thoughts about Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement.
"What's your read on the former governor of Alaska?" King asked.
"You know, I don't have a read. I try not to make, or set opinions about people that I haven't had any substantive interaction with. I mean, I know what you see on TV and when-"
"Does it irk you when she criticizes?"
"You know, democracy is about critique. And the president is not immune to criticism."
Obama added, when pressed on Palin again, "I think it's wonderful to have strong female voices out there, but I don't know her."
On the Tea Party movement, Obama was similarly restrained. "I'm focused on what's in front of me, and right now that's ending childhood obesity in a generation," she said. "I try to limit my intake to things that I can control. I wanna stay focused on work rather than...other things."