Michelle Obama Grateful for First Lady's Defense

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Michelle Obama says she was ``touched'' when first lady Laura Bush came to her defense recently.

Obama has come under criticism for remarks she made in February, when she said that for the first time in her adult life she was proud of the United States.

In an interview with ABC last week, Laura Bush said she thought the remark had been misconstrued and that Obama ``probably meant'' she was ``more proud.''

Appearing on ABC's ``The View'' today as one of the co-hosts, Michelle Obama said she sent the first lady a note to let her know
she appreciated those comments. She said she likes the ``calm, rational approach'' Mrs. Bush takes to such issues.

Obama also says she's ``taking some cues,'' in the event that her husband is elected president. She says there's a reason people
like Laura Bush, and that it's because she doesn't ``fuel the

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