18_michelleontheview_lg Michelle Obama did the fist bump with the women of the view as she co-hosted the daytime talker for the first time.

Her appearance is widely seen as a way to perhaps soften her image, one that has taken a bit of a drubbing in Republicans who are trying to paint her as confrontational and even unpatriotic.

“At some level when you put your heart out there, there’s a level of passion that you feel and it’s a risk that you take,” Michelle Obama, per CNN. “One of the things I’m counting on is that people will see through it…the more they get to know me.”

Obama said she is a big fan of Laura Bush, and even sent her a thank you note after the First Lady defended a comment Obama made during that campaign in which she said, "For the first time in my adult lifetime I am really proud of my country."

"I was really touched by it," Obama said, adding that the First Lady has a "calm, rationale approach to these issues." "I am taking some cues," she said.

Obama said of the criticism over her comment, "Of course I love my country … And nowhere but in America could my story be possible."

She agreed that Hillary Clinton was a target of unfair attacks because she is a woman.

“It’s hurtful, but she’s taken them so that my girls when they come along, they won’t have too feel it as badly.”

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