Michelle Obama obliquely attacked her husband Barack Obama—for, apparently, being too well-liked by white people.
During an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts to promote her upcoming book, Mrs. Obama admitted she had mixed feelings about her now-husband when she met him.
“Late. Late,” Mrs. Obama said, when discussing President Obama’s attendance at their first meeting—where she was serving as his mentor during a legal internship. “I was, like, “Is he trifling?” This– the black man’s gonna be late on the first day?” I was–”
“You weren’t overly impressed in the beginning?” Roberts interrupted.
“I wasn’t, you know? I have my suspicions when a bunch of white folks fawn on over a black man ’cause I sorta think, ‘Okay, he can talk straight so they think he’s wonderful,'” Mrs. Obama said.
“So that was my theory. And then his name was Barack Obama,” Mrs. Obama added. “He was from Hawaii. I thought, ‘What,’ you know? So I didn’t really know what to expect. And then in walks Barack Obama. And Barack Obama has always walked like Barack Obama. Like, he’s got all the time in the world. He’s– he had that stride. I was, like, ‘Dude, you’re cute.’ But in my mind, I was, like–”
“Not interested?” Roberts asked.
“Off limits. Not even not interested,” Mrs. Obama replied. “I’m not gonna date one of the few black summer associates. Robin, how tacky, you know?”