Hillary Busis
August 30, 2012 AT 02:38 PM EDT

Michelle Obama wants you to eat your political vegetables — though she, personally, is abstaining. The First Lady told David Letterman last night that she hasn’t been tuning into the GOP’s big Tampa comedy convention. But that doesn’t mean other Americans should follow her example: “Let me start by saying I, as the wife of the guy they’re running against, I tend not to watch it,” she explained. “But I think it’s important for everyone to watch these conventions, because this is the time where you get to know the party, you understand the platform, you understand the candidates. You know, this is technically where the campaign begins. So I think it’s very important for everyone to watch as much of both conventions as possible to make their decisions.”

Then Obama paused. “I… I didn’t watch it,” she admitted again, as the Late Show audience howled.

Watch the moment for yourself in the following clip — and stick around to see what Obama has to say about Todd Akin.

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