The East Wing of the White House is mostly a "news-free zone," First Lady Michelle Obama said this weekend.
Obama said she tries
to keep the First Family's residence at the White House as free of
political news as possible in order to preserve her family's health.
"I don't watch news that much," Obama said during an interview on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) Fox News program. "I try to stay away from news because I want to formulate my opinions based on experiences that I have."
"I try to keep home a news-free zone," the First Lady added. "It's sort of like when you work above the shop, you can't bring work home."
Mrs. Obama explained that by keeping political discussions out of the White House residence, which is in the building's East Wing, it helps President Barack Obama relax with family, especially the First Daughters, Sasha and Malia.
She said that her daughters still do understand that the rough and tumble things sometimes said about the president were part of the nature of the job.
"That's part of politics today," the First Lady explained. "The truth is that most of America isn't like that, and they're tired of that. The beauty of my job is I get to see more of that America."