TODAY | April 06, 2013
>> reporter: freudian slip .
>> believe me as a busy, single mother . i shouldn't say single. as a busy mother --
>> first lady michelle obama stumbled upon her words, a remark she quickly corrected.
>> when you've got a husband who is president, it can feel single, but he's there.
>> reporter: the first lady helped plant items for the white house spring garden and spoke to the media about the pressures moms face, raising a family and keeping meals nutritious.
>> but as a busy working mom and before coming to the white house , i was in that position, you know, as well, working, driving kids to practice, you know, not having enough time to shop or cook. not having the energy.
>> reporter: flub or not, people weighed in, on the internet and social media , with comments ranging from critical to understanding.
>> i felt as a single mother and i've been married for years.
>> i felt bad for her.
>> reporter: closely watched on everything, from her hairstyle and fashion sense to protocol. remember when she was criticized for putting her arm around the queen? some say the first lady is also entitled to making a mistake.
>> we look at every word this woman says and these particular words weren't insulting single parents or a reflection of her marriage.
>> reporter: a glaring spotlight for better or for worse. for "today," michelle franzen , nbc news.