TODAY   |  May 08, 2013

First lady on Boston: In tragedy, ‘people become heroes’

Michelle Obama sat down with Kelly Wallace of iVillage to talk about everything from the news of the women rescued in Ohio after ten years in captivity, to how to talk to kids about the Boston tragedy, and her book “American Grown.”

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>>> back now at 7:43 with a "today" exclusive, first lady michelle obama was out promoting her book "american grown" on tuesday at a book store in washington and following the event she sat down with kelly wallace for a wide-ranging conversation.

>> an unbelievable story out of cleveland. three women found after being held in captivity it seems for ten years. as a mother, what goes through your mind when you hear that story?

>> my heart swells up with relief because just imagine first losing a child and not knowing whether they're alive or dead or in harm's way, and to be holding out hope for a decade, and to finally have those prayers answered is just probably the best mother's day gift or gift that these families will receive.

>> much of the nation as for you as well have been focused on boston. i'm curious, how did you talk to malia and sasha about this?

>> i assured them that there's no reason for them to live in fear. you know, that they should be proud americans and they should embrace this country and what we should look at is the beauty of what comes out of people in times of tragedy, how people become heroes and they turn into givers and they sacrifice and i want my daughters and all of our children to be reminded of that even in times of tragedy.

>> you might have heard news about governor chris christie of new jersey who revealed he had lap band surgery . he said he did this really at the urging of his wife and his kids who are concerned about his long-term health. what's your reaction to that?

>> well, you know, i think that's a very personal matter, it's something between the governor and his family, and i try not to comment on people's personal choices. i think governor christie is terrific and you know, his family is wonderful, and i wish them the best. the one thing that i will say is that there are millions of people like the governor who struggle with adulthood obesity and that's one of the reasons why i think let's move is so important, because we want to start working with kids when they're young, so that they don't have these challenges when they get older.

>> what kind of response have you gotten from the book?

>> the response has been really good, because there's a little bit of something in there for everyone. it's a beautiful picture book . there are also wonderful recipes and really great tips about how to start your own garden.

>> a lot of the book of course is promoting healthy eating , one of your major passions. is there any misconception that was out there in a way about your work and your motivations that you might think has been kind of eliminated or put to rest by this book?

>> we talk about let's move and once people really hear what our goals are, they understand that this is about giving parents choices and the information to make the right choices. we talk about simple ways that parents can get kids up and moving. it's really about information. it's not government telling people what to do.

>> that was the first lady with kelly wallace. the proceeds from "american grown" go to the national park foundation and will be used to roh motor gardening and healthy eating programs across the country.