Michelle O: Like, Like, You Know, Like, Dude, You Know?

‘I was like, dude, you’re cute’


Michelle Obama is kicking off the publicity tour for her new book, “Becoming,” but her first media appearance got off to a rocky start.

Despite being heavily edited so she spoke for little more than 45 seconds, Michelle Obama sounded more like a millennial girl chatting on Snapchat than a former First Lady. Throughout her responses to ABC’s Robin Roberts, she repeatedly said “like,” “you know?” “um,” and even, “dude.” 

“Barack Obama has always walked like Barack Obama, like, he has got all the time in the world,” she said of their first meeting. “He had that stride. I was, like, ‘Dude, you're cute,’ but in my mind, I was, like --“

Overall Obama said “you know” 10 times, “like” 9 times, and “um,” “yeah,” and “what?” another five times. 

“You know, the hard parts were the things I expected,” Obama told Roberts. “That it’s going to be hard, you know? So much of this country lives in isolation and we just don’t know each other and so there were people who didn’t know what a black woman was and sounded like, and so I knew that was going to be a challenge.”

Check out the montage above to see how the “girl from the south side of Chicago,” as the president often refers to her, now sounds like a girl from the valley. 


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