Mrs. Obama hinted in the interview with reporters she'll do more to encourage schools and other organizations to provide opportunities for children in a time of declining budgets.
"More and more of our schools are having to eliminate the things that give kids passion and a reason to be in school," she said. Mrs. Obama added that kids are sharp enough to know when teachers, public officials others are just talking the talk.
"We have to stop telling our kids that we care. They're looking to us to make the hard choices for them," she said. "And going to these funerals and mourning with these kids when there's still work to do that we haven't done, it can be frustrating."
Mrs. Obama came home to Chicago earlier this month to attend the funeral of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was killed by gunfire near the Obama home after returning from performing for President Barack Obama's inauguration. Pendleton's parents later sat with the first lady for Obama's president's State of the Union address.
A month after the December slaying of 20 elementary school pupils in Connecticut, Obama asked Congress to send him legislation banning assault-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, and requiring criminal background checks for all gun purchases.
Congress has held hearings on the issue, but lawmakers have not taken any action on gun legislation.
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