*With a quickness, President Obama on Tuesday cleaned up what could’ve been an inadvertent suggestion that his wife hasn’t worked since being in the White House.
His remark occurred while advocating for fair pay for women at a rally for Wisconsin Democrat gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke Tuesday.
“I tell you, when Michelle was working, I wanted to make sure she was getting paid,” he said.
“And by the way,” he continued, “I mean, I should point out, she is working really hard now as first lady and doesn’t get paid, but that’s a whole other thing. But — because I didn’t want her to think, like, what, I’m not working? Michelle works. I promise you.”
Before her husband assumed the presidency, the first lady was a lawyer at Sidley Austin, where she met Barack. She worked in Chicago’s public sector before holding positions at the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Hospitals.
And she hasn’t slowed down since the D.C. move. Just this month, she’s made campaign stops in nine states, NBC reported earlier this week. She also danced with a turnip to Lil Jon and DJ Snake’s “Turn Down for What” to promote healthy eating.