The Straits Times
Published on Oct 04, 2012

Michelle Obama: Debate 'worst way' to spend anniversary


DENVER, Colorado (AFP) - United States (US) President Barack Obama is marking his 20th wedding anniversary on Wednesday by squaring off against rival Mitt Romney in their first debate - and First Lady Michelle is less than thrilled.

"I told Barack, 'This, you know, attending a presidential debate on my 20th anniversary is probably the worst way for me to spend (it),'" Michelle Obama told CNN in an interview that aired shortly before the two candidates took to the podiums in Denver, Colorado.

"I get so nervous at these debates," she said. "I would not have chosen this, but I'm excited about it." The President marked the anniversary by sending a romantic tweet to the first lady - and to his 20 million followers on Twitter.

"Twenty years ago today, I married the love of my life and my best friend.