Michelle: Sorry for Not Visiting, Chicago

"Tell Chicago [it's] nothing personal. It's kids," Michelle Obama says

By BJ Lutz
|  Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010  |  Updated 4:15 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON - JANUARY 12: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the White House January 12, 2010 in Washington, DC. President Obama and the first traveled to Delaware to attend a memorial service for Vice President Joe Biden's mother. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Michelle Obama said over the weekend that she's sorry that she hasn't been home as much as she'd hoped.

And by home, she means Chicago.

The First Lady grew up on the South Side, but despite her intentions to get home "at least once every six weeks or couple of months," as she said in December 2008, she's been able to get back to her Kenwood home but once.

"Tell Chicago [it's] nothing personal.  It's kids," Mrs. Obama told a group of seven reporters at the White House on Sunday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet.

"Its really life and the fact that the kids have built a life here and that's good and right now I want to encourage that life and not keep pulling them out. So its less our schedules than [theirs]," she said.

Mrs. Obama said that between ballet rehearsals and basketball and soccer games, birthday parties, sleep-overs and friends visiting... and visits to the Kremlin, a Harry Potter set in London, Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon and weekends at Martha's Vineyard... plans to visit never get made.

"...And before you know it its winter and 'we're not going now," she said. "January's out."

The First Lady traveled to Copenhagen in October to support Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

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