Michelle Obama said today that she understood why her husband, US president Barack Obama, has been criticised recently.
The first lady added that facing criticism was part of his job.
In an interview on NBC’s Today show, she said the country is going through tough times with a recession and two wars ongoing.
She said Americans are rightfully frustrated, and, she says, “the person in charge is the person folks look to”.
She said that since Barack Obama became president last year, the couple have “much more respect” for their predecessors because only presidents and their families understand the job’s pressures.
The first lady also said she teases her husband about his greying hair. She said his mother and grandfather went grey, “so he was going in that direction anyway”.