By Hillary Busis
October 19, 2012 at 03:35 PM EDT
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Funnily enough, the First Lady’s appearance on Live! this morning wasn’t quite as serious as her husband’s appearance on The Daily Show last night. In the segment, which was taped Thursday, hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan questioned Obama about everything from what she carries in her purse to her husband’s underwear — when asked whether she prefers the president to wear boxers or briefs, Obama jokingly answered, “None of the above.”

There was some substance to the chat, though. Obama shared the anxiety she feels watching her husband participate in presidential debates — “I compared it to the Olympic parents watching their kids on that balance beam,” she said. Ripa asked whether Obama has ever tried to help the president with answers during debates; Obama responded, “They really caution you to be quiet and I try to follow the rules so I don’t get in trouble.”

But hey — back to the fun stuff!  Obama described White House dog Bo’s recent fourth birthday party — which featured “five dogs on the South Lawn with doggy treats, and moms, and kids, and snacks” — and named french fries as her number one guilty pleasure. She also came clean about her favorite reality show: “I do love a little Real Housewives every now and then.”

It wasn’t quite as awesome as that time she and Kelly played double dutch together — but still, it’s good to know that even the First Lady sees the appeal of Bravo-lebrities.

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