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The Talker: Michelle Obama responds to question on dog fitness

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

When Michelle Obama says something, it becomes big news, even when the thing she said might not be that news-worthy. Why do you think that happens?

If you search the internet for articles about the first lady, you'll see headlines like the main one on the influential Drudge Report: "Michelle Goes to the Dogs."

The story stems from a web-chat Mrs. Obama did Monday during a Google+ Hangout, moderated by Kelly Ripa. The chat lasted 34 minutes with the first 28 minutes focused on the first lady's public campaign to curb childhood obesity--to get kids to eat healthier and get more exercise.

People from across the country took part and got to ask questions about the program. Then, at the end of the chat, they got to ask any question. One person asked if Mrs. Obama still plays the piano, while another asked what it's living in the White House. At another point, a group of kids showed their favorite dance move and asked the first lady about her favorite dance move.

Then, one woman, who has a dog, asked how the Obama's make sure their family pet Bo stays in shape.

"Dogs are no different," Michelle Obama answered. "You want to make sure they're eating a balanced diet and if they're not an active dog, make sure they're food is reflective of an inactive dog and then, get them out there and throw that ball and get running."

"We've gotta worry about every member of our family," the first lady added.

The ensuing coverage is exemplified by the website, the Blaze. It ran an article titled: "Michelle Obama's Fitness Initiative Also Covers Dogs?"

The first lady is a frequent target of criticism. There are probably many reasons, but some say she puts herself out there so much. In the past two weeks, she gave out the "Best Picture" award at the Oscars, did a dance comedy bit for "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and on Monday, did the web chat.

An historian at Ohio University said she could not think of any first lady who has been so prominent in the media in such a short period of time.

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