Michelle Obama payed a surprise visit to NORAD last night, to help out with the little ones calling in to find out where Santa was…
While President Barack Obama took his daughters to the beach, the first lady played the role of Christmas elf, surprising little girls and boys inquiring about the whereabouts of Santa.
“Hello, this is the first lady, Michelle Obama, with NORAD, tracking Santa. How can I help you?” she said, taking a call from an 8-year-old boy named Max from Los Angeles.
It was a decidedly different greeting than other families across the country got after some confusion about which was the proper number for NORAD in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“Sorry, they gave out the wrong number,” the man informed one caller before giving out the correct number.
The first lady took a dozen calls over 40 minutes from inside the family’s vacation rental in Kailua. She reminded the kids to put out cookies — and vegetables — for Santa and his reindeer and warned the kids to get to sleep or their houses might be skipped.
She also answered a few questions about what it’s like to be first lady — and to be married to the president — from an inquisitive little boy named Austin.
“Is it a hard job?” Austin asked.
The first lady said it’s not as hard as being president and can be fun because she gets to work with kids.
“Is it hard to have all that security around you?” Austin wondered.
It’s not, the first lady said. The Secret Service are very nice and professional, she added.
“They’re good with the girls,” she said, referring to her daughters, Sasha and Malia. “It’s almost like they’re family after a while. So it’s not that hard having them around. And they’re there to keep us safe, right? You can’t be mad at that, right?”