Robin Roberts Fawns Over Michelle Obama: Will You Attend Prince William's Wedding?
Good Morning America's Robin Roberts conducted yet another fawning
interview with Michelle Obama on Friday, offering 11 minutes and two
segments to such important topics as whether the First Lady will attend
Prince William's wedding.
Not exactly grilling Mrs. Obama, the co-anchor mused, "We understand that Prince William and Kate, they sent out the save the date kind of notifications. Have you received yours?...Would you like to attend the wedding?"
In comparison, when Roberts interviewed Laura Bush on October 22, 2007, she quoted Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "Desmond Tutu went even farther, saying the generosity of Americans, that's what we should export instead of our bombs."
Traveling with the then-first Lady throughout the Middle East, Roberts talked to women who had survived breast cancer: "Does it help with Mrs. Bush and the United States coming here?...Or is it seen as, 'Okay, the Americans are, again, trying to force something on us?"
On Friday, even when discussing serious issues, Roberts mostly skipped challenging questions. Regarding the next presidential election, she gently wondered, "2012 is right around the corner...Are you prepared for another campaign?"
The single question that pressed the First Lady came when Roberts highlighted Let's Move, a presidential campaign for fitness. The ABC host insisted, "How do you respond to those who say, I'm a parent?...I'll make those choices. I don't want the government to do that."
More representative were vague, open-ended questions such as this one: "Do you think about the arc of your life these last few years?"
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A transcript of the second segment, which aired at 8:01am EST, follows: