Michelle Obama: What Meg's doing wrong

Calvin Saunders
December 6, 2018

The former First Lady of the United States was described as having "taken London by storm" by news anchor Jon Snow as she responded to questions in a Q&A session with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Standard UK reports.

Billed as "An evening with Michelle Obama", the event was marked by much wit, humour and frankness about her upbringing ("we discussed sex at the dinner table"), and issues such as "demons" in her mind about not being good enough, her informal encounter with Queen Elizabeth, and marital problems ("trying to melt two lives together, that is hard").

The publisher says the book is also a bestseller in many other countries including Australia and Britain.

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.

Mrs Obama also said that falling in love with her husband made her realise she needed to work on establishing her own identity.

"We are demonised", she said.

Covering everything from her early dates with Barack Obama to her view of the current administration, she spoke surprisingly candidly about tough times - and why she now sees her life mission as helped educate girls worldwide.

Barack Obama Michelle Obama Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
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She said her father's death left her with an "emptiness" that she still can not get rid of.

"Thank you Michelle Obama for being so real about the pressures we face as working mothers and reminding us all that just being ourselves is more than good enough!" one person wrote on Twitter.

Michelle Obama says that she sometimes feels like a fraud, even after a decade on the world stage.

"I grew up in a neighbor where because of fear - fear of going outside, being stopped by police, fear of leaving what you knew - kept people stuck in one place", she recalled. Over 40,000 people tried to get tickets for the hall that accommodates about 2,700 people.

Obama added she considers Bush's son and her husband's predecessor George W. Bush a close friend.

In a recent Good Morning America interview, the former first lady said her daughters are well-adjusted despite spending their younger years in the spotlight while dad, former President Barack Obama, was in the White House.

According to several media outlets, Obama quickly apologised for swearing, telling the crowd: "I thought we were at home, y'all". So it's interesting to me, when people ask me 'how did you know how to be the first lady?' as if all my history just disappeared because sometimes that's what happens when you become the spouse of - you lose yourself in the title of spouse. "I had to watch him get increasingly worse".

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