WASHINGTON — The most popular question put to Michelle Obama during a question-and-answer session with the children of White House employees on Wednesday was “Can I have a hug?”
It all started when a girl asked for the first lady’s age. Hearing that she is 51, the girl then told Mrs. Obama she looks too young to be 51.
‘Concerned 8-year-old’ rips Michelle Obama in handwritten letter“You should come up here and give me a hug,” the first lady said, grinning at the girl’s comment.
That girl, identified as Anaya Brodie, received a hug, as did two other girls the first lady called on afterward.
But she eventually drew a line and declined a fourth request for a hug from another girl, saying she didn’t have time to embrace everyone although she’d like to do that.
“I wish I could take pictures and hug all of you. I really do,” Mrs. Obama said after taking her final question of the day and admonishing that “it’s got to be a question, not a hug.”
The children, including some from the Boys and Girls Club and the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency, participated in the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press