Good Morning America's Robin Roberts Gets Support of Michelle Obama

Robin Roberts, who announced she has MDS today, is close with first family

Robin Roberts of ABC's Good Morning America interviews President Barack Obama earlier in 2012.

Just a month after President Obama gave his historic interview coming out in favor of gay marriage to Robin Roberts, the Good Morning America anchor got the public support of the first lady.

Roberts announced in an open letter Monday that she has been diagnosed with the blood disease MDS, or myelodysplastic syndrome.

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In her letter, Roberts said that she received word she would get to interview Obama on gay marriage — the biggest interview of her career — while getting bone marrow extracted in a procedure for MDS.

"Talk about your highs and lows!" Roberts wrote.

FLOTUS tweeted soon after Roberts' announcement: "@RobinRoberts, Barack and I have you in our prayers. We believe in you and thank you for bringing awareness and hope to others. –mo"

The MO sign-off indicates that Michelle Obama wrote the tweet herself.

The first lady also shared a link to Roberts' letter.

Politico revealed in May that Roberts was "close to the first family." According to an ABC producer interviewed by the political website, the president and Roberts apparently even bond over a love of sports.

The gay marriage interview wasn't the first Roberts scored with the president.

The anchor also sat down with Obama last June to talk about fatherhood, and she was the very first person on inauguration night to interview the new president.

"It was beautiful, watching you dance with your wife," Roberts gushed that January.

After her recent interview with Obama on gay marriage, Roberts told co-host George Stephanopoulos she was "getting chills" just thinking about it.

Conservative blog The Blaze noted that Roberts is only the latest journalist who has had an "emotive experience" covering the president.

In 2008, MSNBC's Chris Matthews said that when he hears Obama speak he feels "this thrill go up my leg."

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