She was polite about not checking her watch, but I could tell she was concerned about the time. Michelle Obama had spent the day campaigning in Iowa and now she was spending time with me, but her heart was already headed to Chicago where her two little girls were waiting for Mommy. As a mother of five children under the age of 12, it's a tug I know well -- you've memorized the flight number and departure time of the last plane home.
Obama makes no bones about it -- her family comes first. In a candid interview [click to watch], the 43-year-old wife of
Janet sits down with Michelle Obama for an interview. Photo by NBC News Producer Doug Adams
Her home life sounds a lot like those of other families with young children, except for the Secret Service agents posted outside their home. Time together is more likely to be focused on piano practice than politics ... and Obama says the only campaign in the home is the one waged by daughters Malia and Sasha, angling for a later bedtime.
You can watch Janet's interview with Michelle Obama tonight on the NBC Nightly News .