Michelle Obama interviewed by a Kidsday reporter

Kidsday reporter Johanna Kelly, 11, of Holbrook, with

Kidsday reporter Johanna Kelly, 11, of Holbrook, with first lady Michelle Obama in the White House Library during the Annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn on April 21, 2014. (Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly)

On Monday, I visited the White House in Washington, D.C. It was the day for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. But I was there for another reason! With six other kid reporters, I was there to interview first lady Michelle Obama.

We went in through a guarded gate and were given special visitor passes, then we were taken inside the White House to the "60-second room." The President walks through this room on the way to the Oval Office. We also visited the Vermiel Room. There were portraits of many first ladies and a collection of antiques. Then, we went to the library.

When Mrs. Obama came in, she looked around and laughed because there were no chairs. Instead of asking us to just stand around, she sat with us on the floor. Most of the kids asked questions about healthy eating and the "Let's Move" program.


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"Let's Move" is Mrs. Obama's program to help fight childhood obesity. When my turn came, I asked her if she would ever consider running for president in 2016. She smiled and laughed. She said she did not want to run for president because she wanted to keep working with "Let's Move." She did say she would like to see a woman president soon.

I loved meeting Mrs. Obama. She was friendly and welcoming. After our interview was over, I nervously went up to her and told her, "I really admire the work you are doing." She gave me a hug! And told me she admires the work I am doing. My heart was beating so fast.

After that, we were invited to the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn. Mrs. Obama said 30,000 people come to the Egg Roll every year. There were so many activities and celebrities it was hard to choose what to do. I saw comedian Jim Carrey there reading to a group of kids and heard Ariana Grande sing. I did the Easter Egg Roll, where you push an egg with a wooden spoon -- and lost to a little kid about 4 years old! But it was fun.

It was an honor to meet Mrs. Obama. It was a day I will never forget.

My question to Mrs. Obama:

When you go home at night, we know that you are really in charge. When your husband's term is over in 2016, would you like to run for president? You are really the most powerful person in the United States.

Oh goodness! That's intimidating. You know what, I don't have any interest in holding public office. I do want to continue to find ways to serve. And there are so many ways that you can serve and impact the community without being president or running for office. That is probably the direction that my life will take. I will probably continue to work on issues making sure that kids stay healthy, I am going to keep working with military families and military kids to make sure that we know that they are out there and that we as a nation know that we are always working to help them to transition. And, I would love to mentor kids. So the President and I want to do more make sure that kids like you are getting the education that you need and that you are going to college. And there are so many ways that hopefully I can have some impact outside of being president of the United States. But, I hope that we will see a woman in the White House sometime very soon.

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