Michelle Obama has said some pretty epic off the cuff moments while on the press tour for her bestselling memoir, Becoming.
On Monday, Obama sat down for an in-depth discussion with writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and revealed that she did her best to support her husband’s 2008 campaign event, even though she had little faith that he would win.
“One of the reasons why I agreed to support Barack’s run for president was because deep down I was like ‘there’s no way he’s going to win,” the former First Lady said as the crowd erupted in laughter during Monday’s tour stop in London.
“And we can just sort of get this out of the way and I can be that supportive wife going, ‘Oh, honey you tried. Now let’s go back to our lives as usual,'” she continued.
Obama made light of the notorious rumors that the couple faced several challenges in their marriage during Barack Obama’s historic presidential bid.
“That was my whole plan, you know, because I didn’t believe that America was ready for a black president, let alone a black president named Barack Hussein Obama,” she continued.
Her statements echoed the sentiments she openly discusses in the pages of Becoming.
“I said yes, though I was at the same time harboring a painful thought, one I wasn’t ready to share: I supported him in campaigning, but I also felt certain he wouldn’t make it all the way,” Obama wrote.
“He spoke so often and so passionately of healing our country’s divisions, appealing to a set of higher ideals he believed were innate in most people. But I’d seen enough of the divisions to temper my own hopes,” she continued.
“Barack was a black man in America, after all. I didn’t really think he could win.”
Obama’s next tour stop will take place on Wednesday, December 5 in Paris, France.