Michelle Obama Pushes Back Against “Lean In”
Michelle Obama let her guard drop to the floor Saturday night at the Barclays Center while speaking on the New York stop of her Becoming book tour.
According to the Vanity Fair account of the event, the (forever) First Lady didn’t come to Brooklyn to offer up pie-in-the-sky platitudes or rose-tinted rhetoric to women who were looking to navigate the balance between personal and professional paths. She came armed with a bucket of the coldest water that ever ran down your back…
Marriage still ain’t equal, y’all,” Michelle Obama told the capacity crowd at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday night. “It ain’t equal. I tell women that whole ‘you can have it all’—mmm, nope, not at the same time, that’s a lie. It’s not always enough to lean in because that s**t doesn’t work.”
The crowd burst into laughter.
“I thought we were at home, y’all. I was gettin’ real comfortable up in here. Alright, I’m back now. Sometimes that stuff doesn’t work.”
Curse words aside, Chelly O wasn’t done being blunt and unfiltered about her family and her marriage.
“People are like, “Oh, why’d she talk about marriage counseling?” I’m like, ‘Duh.”Marriage is hard, you know. It is hard . . . I love my husband, and we have a great marriage, and we’ve had a great marriage, but marriage is hard work.” She added that she’s seen too many couples rush into marriage. “Marriage is a lot of work, and it should be. It’s too independent individuals who are trying to come together to build a life forever.” She said, too, that despite the great efforts the Obamas undertook to have children, “kids are an interrupter; they mess it all up. Barack and I say that’s why they make ’em cute, ’cause if they weren’t cute, you’d just leave ’em in a basket.”
Michelle Obama is an intelligent and beautiful woman who clearly isn’t here for the games. We Stan.