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1:15 p.m. ET-- Wheels Up!
We are en route to Miami.
12:45 p.m. ET -- Motorcade to Airport and Heading to Florida
Three states down and one to go. We're headed to the first lady's plane and then off to Miami, Florida. Much more -- especially from the first lady's roundtable with us -- when we land!
12:15 p.m. ET -- Michelle Obama on coming campaign: "I am absolutely fired up."
We just wrapped up a really fascinating 39 minute roundtable with Michelle Obama. She was very forthcoming, talking candidly about preparing Malia and Sasha for the upcoming campaign, her role in the campaign and her journey on this the fifth anniversary of the day her husband announced his candidacy.
I am writing up a post chock full of great quotes and have tweeted a ton already (@kellywallacetv). Here are some highlights and I will send more when we land in Miami:
On preparing the girls for a nasty campaign:
"We still focus on their life," the first lady said. She said the main concern of the girls is "How's this going to affect my life?" She said they talk about "what if we win" and "what if we lose" and "try to play out both scenarios," letting them know their lives will be "great" no matter what. She said the girls are "excited" about the campaigning and like campaigning, especially because they get ice cream. She said Sasha said, "I love campaigning" and the first lady learned why. Some days during the campaign, they had ice cream four different times.
On her role during the campaign and whether she's pumped up for the campaign:
"I am absolutely fired up," she said, "but I have to have balance because I am a mother." She said when she's out there campaigning, "I am fired up but when I'm not, I have to be Malia and Sasha's mother." She said she's "incredibly excited" to talk about the president's accomplishments and repeated something she said she has said before, "Barack Obama is going to be one of our best presidents." She said, "I want him to be president for the next four years... But Malia and Sasha always have to come first."
On how the president said the thing he dislikes about the presidency is how his wife gets pulled into the "political realm:"
She said she's "getting better" about the criticism and talked about how they've made the second and third floors of the White House "home." "It's not political,' she said. "It's home."
11:25 a.m. ET -- And the Winner Is...
Drumroll please! Michelle Obama announces the winner of the tasty lunch competition that paired Dallas Cowboys players with local school kids.
9:54 a.m. ET -- Chefs in Schools
We take you behind-the-scenes of Michelle Obama's first event on the second day of her Let's Move national tour. Today the first lady teams up with past contestants of Bravo's Top Chef and members of the Dallas Cowboys to promote the "Chefs in Schools" program.
8:15 a.m. ET -- Press Check In
To give you some more of the behind-the-scenes, every bag needs to be checked before we can get into the motorcade for today's events. So at this moment, Secret Service agents are going through our luggage, laptops and handbags. Then it will be off to the first event of the day -- here in Dallas where former contestants of Bravo's Top Chef along with judge Tom Colicchio and the Dallas Cowboys join the first lady for an event highlighting the "Chefs in Schools" program, which is part of Let's Move.
The first lady does two interviews today -- with Tom Joyner and CNNi Report -- and then it's a roundtable with us!
8:00 a.m. ET -- New Video!
7:00 a.m. ET -- Day #2 Begins!
When my alarm went off, I wondered, "Why did I go to bed so late?" Four hours of sleep is just not enough but that's par for the course on these White House trips. I stayed up preparing for our first roundtable interview with the first lady. I wanted to gather together all of your questions and mine before we meet Michelle Obama later this morning. We'll have 30 minutes and there will be five reporters -- correspondents from the Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and me. I'll update the blog and Twitter and Facebook once the interview wraps up. And remember if you have any questions, send them my way.
Now time to find some coffee!