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Michelle Obama: 'Splurging is the key to life'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries.

"How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn't live without a little chocolate, a little French fries."

The first lady took questions from children reporters Monday after appearing at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She told the children that if they eat right the majority of the time, then a splurge or snack is not going to hurt them.

"I still splurge when I can, but that's why I try to exercise almost every day," she said.

The first lady said she tries to teach her two daughters balance and healthy meals at home, to offset any ice cream or birthday cake they have while out.

Mrs. Obama said her favorite physical activity is tennis, which she tries to do at least once a week. She said her daughter Malia participates in track and tennis too, while Sasha enjoys basketball and dance.

She urged the young scribes- who ranged in age from 6 years old to 13 years old- to eat balanced meals, drink water and keep moving.

"The more water you drink, the less room you'll have for the junk," Mrs. Obama said.

The children reporters and their parents were part of the 30,000 people visiting the White House for the annual egg roll event.

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rgburrill April 22 2014 at 11:14 AM

Splurging is wonderful when it's someone else's money!

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Nana & Popie rgburrill April 22 2014 at 11:30 AM

No kidding on someone elses "dime" . Especially the trip to China, taking her mother. It's bad enough that she's living in the WH. Wouldn't have cared if she had been living with them in Chicago but she wasn't she had her own residence!!!

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mickylitz2 rgburrill April 22 2014 at 11:33 AM

rgburrill ,,,the welfare recipients have been well taught by the democrats for many decades resulting at more votes for more freebies, nothing but bribery ..

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srlegalsec April 21 2014 at 9:28 PM

she won't read these posts, so why bother?

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sitemfg April 21 2014 at 9:29 PM

IF I wrote what I'm thinking, the black helos would be circling overhead.

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michilady22 April 22 2014 at 11:26 AM

I think "indulge" would have been a better choice of words. Splurge sounds more like "go ahead and eat that whole bag of chips." Indulge sounds like "I think I will have a handful of chips." Indulge is good when talking about food but splurge should be saved for things like, "a better car, a larger TV, a better I-phone."

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nhcoach2001 April 22 2014 at 9:36 AM


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xcourt4hand April 22 2014 at 11:14 AM

Splurging in NOT the key to life.

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drepke April 22 2014 at 6:32 AM

I thought variety was the spice of life?

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bwbet9 April 22 2014 at 9:28 AM

Obama's splurging on the taxpayers dime.

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jsinvent April 22 2014 at 9:28 AM

I wonder who paid for the $300.00 shoes and $300.00 jeans. How about a thank you to the suckers that are paying the bills that would be a good jester from the jesters in the WH.

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nhcoach2001 April 22 2014 at 9:26 AM

Enough of the false caring by the Obamas.
Nothing but legacy building. Can't wait to move on to some nation building.
God help us.

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