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Senator Obama and Michelle work hard to maintain a sense of normalcy in their marriage. One way they do that is by raising their kids back home in Chicago. "You just really want to stay grounded in a place that you feel is home," Michelle says.

Even though Senator Obama often spends part of the week in Washington, D.C., Michelle never lets him out of his household responsibilities.

Senator Obama recalls a time he was excited about introducing a bill on nonproliferation, but nuclear weapons were far from Michelle's mind. "I called Michelle and I'm saying, 'Look, this is going to be a terrific piece of legislation,'" he says. "She says, 'We have ants.'"

Michelle asked the senator to stop for ant traps on the way home. "I'm thinking, 'Is John McCain stopping by Walgreen's to grab ant traps on the way home?'" he says.

"If he's not, he should be," Michelle says.
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FROM: Barack Obama on the Tough Questions
Published on October 18, 2006

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