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Obama family health update: Smoking, hair dye, Facebook and his awful shirts

February 9, 2011 |  4:54 pm

Michelle Obama on NBC TV 2-11Michelle Obama.

Because the American public, at least as represented by television interviewers, wants to know details about what's really none of its business in the lives of its political royalty, Michelle Obama was on TV this week spilling the beans about all kinds of personal things.

It is, of course, ridiculous to suggest that such TV-friendly moments have anything to do with humanizing her aloof husband's public image for his 2012 reelection campaign, especially among women voters.

We watched so you don't have to. But if you want to, there's a video below.

In no particular order the first lady told NBC's interviewer:

Yes, she claims, her husband really has quit smoking.

No, the Democrat, who turns 50 this summer, doesn't dye his hair.

But she sure wishes he'd pay more attention to his dress. And she'd also really like him to buy some brighter-colored shirts.

Well, yes, the White House's Super Bowl party menu as detailed here was a little overboard in terms of fat, calories and carbs and completely violated the healthy eating guidelines she's been suggesting during her yearlong fight against obesity.

But, she said, she's not really been pushing total abstinence from junk food, just more balance with healthier items more often. Plus, of course, more exercise, especially among young people.

"This isn't an all-or-nothing proposition," Mrs. Obama said, "and it's important for families not to get caught up in that, not to think that I can never indulge."

Also her daughters, Sasha and Malia, do not have Facebook pages due to age and Secret Service restrictions. But even without those, she wouldn't allow them to have such pages anyway. "It's not something they need," she added. "It's not necessary right now."

Making the New York City TV rounds, Mrs. Obama later told "Regis and Kelly Live" that, of course, she'd go to the upcoming British royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

If she'd been invited.

Which she wasn't.

For whatever reason.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Peter Kramer / NBC