She quickly recovered her composure before a posse of journalists as she did a walk-through of the Denver center where she was to give the keynote speech on the opening night of the Democratic Party convention.
“Tell them thank you, and they are in my prayers,” she said, holding the hands of her daughters Malia, 10 and Sasha, seven.
But the Swedish reporter, from tabloid Expressen, heard a longer answer than his press corps colleagues.
“Oh, Sweden. Swedish women you said? You are hot and beautiful and you are in my prayers” Michelle Obama is reported to have replied.
The girls had earlier amused photographers by playing with the gavel which will be used to open the four-day jamboree set to anoint their father, Barack Obama, as the party’s nominee for the November elections.
Michelle Obama was accompanied by her brother, Craig Robinson and her mother Marian Robinson, as well as her sister-in-law Maya Soetero-Ng.
Both Craig Robinson and Soetero-Ng were also due to address the opening night.