Michelle Obama: 'We get help with our marriage when we need it'

Aaron Brown
November 14, 2018

Michelle Obama is a potent symbol of what is good about America.

But as former USA first lady Michelle Obama prepared to release her new memoir, Becoming, she got real with ABC reporter Robin Roberts. Yet as Americans and consumers of popular culture, we choose to buy into the myth that those in the public eye, including first ladies, are somehow superhuman.

"He was like, 'You're insane". "I think the process will play itself out".

The former first lady's book describes her upbringing on Chicago's South Side, as well as her time at Whitney Young and Princeton University. We should date. I like you, you like me.' And I liked that about him. "He was very straightforward".

"It's not every day that a beloved neighbor, former First Lady, and global icon releases a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling-it's not even every 4-8 years!" the page reads.

It doesn't matter if you're a suburban teen or the child of an extremely famous person, the reality is, your parents are going to embarrass you sometimes. "He just leaned in for a kiss. And he was my man". Barack and Michelle successfully played it cool, although Malia found their whole encounter with him to be "a bit excruciating", Michelle wrote.

Obama former chief of staff Tina Tchen told me while serving as first lady, Obama did not keep a diary. "It was there. It still is".

"In the book, I take you on the journey of who that little striving star-getter became, which is what a lot of hard-driving kids become: a box checker".

Realising her biological clock was ticking the couple used vitro fertilisation for both daughters, Malia and Sasha. Mrs. Obama says she remembers one-night laying in bed with the future president and he was staring up at the ceiling pensively. We had to do IVF.

"So I'd prefer not to, you know, speak on what she's doing versus what I did because I think every first lady approaches this job differently", she said.

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In addition to fertility struggles, the couple also had marital difficulties, even seek counseling at one point.

"What I learned about myself was that my happiness was up to me and I started working out more".

Michelle Obama and Kimmel go way back; she made her JKL debut six years ago, though even that was not the first time they shared a stage, Kimmel also having earlier hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2012.

During an interview with ABC News, Mrs Obama said she would "never forgive" Mr Trump for his role in fuelling the "birther" conspiracy theory about her husband. It wasn't until Barack won Iowa that people thought, Okay. Accused me of not loving my country.

Obama said that while she was a student at the high school she was doubted by her guidance counselor but applied to Princeton University and was accepted nonetheless. And in a way, I was, like, 'This isn't me. "That is why I am so grateful to my dear friend, Verna Williams" who is now a professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Barack and Michelle Obama's White House status didn't automatically make them the cool parents.

"I felt lost and alone", she said.

It's unclear what President Trump meant by the US military. But, Obama told Roberts, that all of that was secondary once the voters had spoken. And you need to have discipline and you need to read and you need to be knowledgeable. "You need to be careful with your words", she said of President Trump.

As the graduating seniors sat in a circle discussing the pressures of being the only minority at times and the difficulties of being the first in their families to reach for college, a cheerful Obama bounced into the room.

"For those young people out there who think that marriage is supposed to be easy".

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