Michelle Obama doesn't believe in 'lean in' - should you?

Danny Woods
December 4, 2018

Michelle Obama, who has already sent shockwaves across Twitter with revelations about the White House while promoting her book Becoming, has now revealed something about the woman in power from across the pond.

Former first lady Michelle Obama admitted again Monday that she never believed her husband, Barack Obama, would win the 2008 presidential election.

Recalling another time she broke protocol, Mrs Obama said: 'This is just how it feels to be at these high levels where people are talking protocol to protocol, that is how these big foreign exchanges are. "And it's not always enough to lean in, because that sh*t doesn't work all the time".

"I forgot where I was for a moment", said Obama, giving off a laugh after letting out the mild curse word.

Michelle Obama said the "lean in" approach for women in the workplace advocated by Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, wasn't always enough for women. She also brought up going to marriage counselling with Barack Obama.

While the Obamas have a seemingly ideal marriage, the forever FLOTUS admitted it takes hard work to keep it going.

Symbol of hope’ Michelle Obama gets an enthusiastic welcome from girls at a London school
Symbol of hope’ Michelle Obama gets an enthusiastic welcome from girls at a London school

Obama said that a focus on issues that she's passionate about not only helped others but ultimately had an impact on her own well-being.

"And so the Queen says "just get in, sit wherever" and she's telling you one thing and you're remembering protocol and she says, 'Oh it's all rubbish, just get in'".

"It is impossible to forget that she, like numerous female friends she quotes, is a wealthy, white, married woman with a 'vast support system, '" wrote critic Connie Schultz for the Washington Post.

"How much talent, how much courage and how much hope there is in our girls who are struggling to do everything right and have so much working against them", she said. "'What do you think, honey, should I roll up my sleeves?' These days, I'm more in control of my time".

Later at the capital's Southbank Centre, where she discussed her book with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, she was asked what message she wanted to give to young black women. "And so then it's time to go to marriage counseling", she added, to delighted laughter from the audience.

She's also thrown herself into royal duties and successfully navigated her way through her first royal tour of Australia, during the early stages of her pregnancy. "I thought we were at home, y'all. They're like, 'What's that?' And I'm like, 'Yep, we're in the real world now, fellas'". "It's usually men who make it risky for us", she said according to Hello Giggles.

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