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Michelle Obama Tracks Santa

The First Lady spent part of Christmas Eve answering calls from children calling in to the Official NORAD Santa Tracker. As part of the holiday-spirited photo-op, she told Anthony that Santa was in Italy; Anthony asked Michelle if she could visit Texas.

Posted on December 24, 2012, at 9:25 p.m. ET

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On Christmas Eve, First Lady Michelle Obama joins others answering calls coming in to the NORAD Santa Tracker.

One of tonight's calls was with Anthony in Fort Worth, Texas.

He's a precocious one:

MRS. OBAMA: Hello?


MRS. OBAMA: Hi, is Anthony there?


MRS. OBAMA: Hi, Anthony, it’s Michelle Obama, the First Lady. How are you?


MRS. OBAMA: How old are you, Anthony?

ANTHONY: Eleven.

MRS. OBAMA: You’re eleven? Where do you live?


MRS. OBAMA: Texas, nice. Well, have you been -- are you calling to find out where Santa is right now?


MRS. OBAMA: Because I’m working with the people who track Santa by satellite, and I’m looking at the screen right now and they say that -- it’s showing that he was last spotted in Italy -- Venice, Italy. Can you imagine that? He’s all the way in Europe. And in about 20 seconds he’s going to be headed for Croatia. That’s another country in Europe. It’s one of the European countries. So it’s close to Italy and all that, but it’s still in Europe.

ANTHONY: Can you come visit me in Texas?

MRS. OBAMA: Yeah, he’s heading your way. He’s heading your way. But you know what, Santa doesn’t come until you’re fast asleep. You do know that, right?

ANTHONY: Yeah, I was talking about you trying to visit me.

MRS. OBAMA: Oh, me come to visit you. (Laughter.) Well, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to come and visit before Christmas tomorrow, but if ever I find myself in Texas next year -- and I know I’m going to be coming to Texas one time next year -- hopefully we can see each other then. How does that sound?

ANTHONY: Will you come to my house?

MRS. OBAMA: Yeah, I don’t know if I can come to your house. I might not be able to do that. But I’ll be keeping an eye on you, though.

ANTHONY: How about my school?

MRS. OBAMA: Your school -- maybe your school. What school do you go to?

ANTHONY: (Inaudible).

MRS. OBAMA: All right, well, I’m going to tell my assistant right now. What part of Texas are you from?

ANTHONY: Fort Worth.

MRS. OBAMA: You’re at Fort Worth? I was in Fort Worth last year. So maybe we can come back. But until then, I want you to have a merry Christmas, okay Anthony?


MRS. OBAMA: All right, you give your family my best -- what did you say, babe?

ANTHONY: Can I talk to your husband?

MRS. OBAMA: He’s not here right now. (Laughter.) But you know what, I will tell him that you asked about him. Okay?


MRS. OBAMA: All right. You keep being a good kid. Work hard in school, okay?

ANTHONY: Okay. Tell your daughters I said Merry Christmas.

MRS. OBAMA: I sure will. Thank you so much. You give your family my best, okay? You give them all a Merry Christmas from all of the Obamas, okay?

ANTHONY: Okay. Thank you.

MRS. OBAMA: All right, bye-bye.

ANTHONY: Bye-bye.

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