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Michelle Obama pays tribute to parents on Letterman's 'The Late Show' (VIDEO)


First Lady Michelle Obama was at the Toys for Tots campaign at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, where she was asked by Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Leeks to be his date for the Marine Corps Ball.


Nicholas Kamm

Michelle Obama used an appearance on David Letterman's "The Late Show" Monday night to pay tribute to her parents, saying that they had taught her the idea of "absolute, complete, unconditional love." 

"The notion that kids really don't need anything but to know that their parents adore them," she said during an interview peppered with anecdotes about life at the White House.

Obama half-joked that she liked to provoke panic among security personnel by threatening to sneak out on her own.

"I do it all the time," she laughed, according to the Huffington Post. "I said 'I'm walking out that door, I'm walking out. I'm leaving!'"

She did admit to sneaking out occasionally for incognito for shopping trips.

"I've been to Target, I've been to Petco ..." she said.

According to the Associated Press, her cover was blown when a woman approached her in the detergent aisle at Target.

But, she told Letterman, the lady had only wanted help with a package she couldn't reach.

Letterman then held up a picture of Obama wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap during one of the cladestine outings.

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Obama also joked that she had three children — daughters Malia and Sasha, and Portuguese water dog Bo, Politico reported.

"He is my son. I have two girls and a boy," she said, continuing: Bo is "a very sweet dog. I'm not being biased. He is really a good dog, he's very well-mannered, he's very even-tempered."

Bo had "a very busy schedule," she said. "We're thinking about getting him an agent."

Meanwhile, the First Lady told Letterman that her father, who had multiple sclerosis and was unable to walk, adored his two children, USA Today reported.

"We had rules, we had boundaries, but there wasn't anything my dad wouldn't do for us, and, uh..."

Interrupting herself in an attempt to lighten the mood, she said: "Don't make me cry! This isn't 'Oprah'!"

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