Michelle Obama's Campaign Secret: Kids' Slumber Parties

Michelle Obama's Campaign Secret: Kids' Slumber Parties
Michelle Obama and Jill Biden
M. Spencer Green/AP

09/25/2008 AT 02:00 PM EDT

How do you keep 15 kids entertained on the campaign trail?

If you're Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, you throw a slumber party.

The night of Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention, her daughter Malia, 10, said she needed to make an announcement.

"I was like, 'What? Was I bad?' " Obama tells Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell in a series of interviews to air Sept. 25, 26 and 29. "She said no, but we have to have a sleepover tonight."

The sleepover happened the next night and the guest list included Biden's granddaughters and about 15 children of campaign staff.

At a recent campaign stop in Allentown, Penn., Obama and Biden chatted about how they had formed an immediate bond.

"It was just one of those magical moments where we spent a week together and after that week, you know Michelle put her arms around me and I put my arms around her and she said, 'I love you,' and I said, 'I love you, too,' " Biden recalls. "We just clicked."

And the Jonas Brothers, Too

The women quickly found common ground when discussing Obama's daughters and Biden’s granddaughters. Though dad Barack Obama’s nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate was an historic moment, it wasn't the biggest event of the summer for his daughters.

"They got to meet the Jonas brothers!" their mother says.

Both women acknowledge the pressures the campaign puts on them and their children.

"No matter how my kids are doing, I feel like I should be spending more time with them," says Obama. "When I am with them, I'm thinking you know this campaign is so important I should be spending every waking moment out on the campaign trail. I think that is what we as women, as parents, we always feel guilty."

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