Michelle Obama Shares the Advice She'd Give Meghan Markle

Michelle Obama Meghan Markle

The former First Lady was speaking to author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about her autobiography Becoming at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall when Adichie made a vague reference to the current political situation in the U.S., without referring to President Donald Trump by name.

In an event over the weekend, speaking on marriage equality, "That's a lie." said Obama, "And it's not always enough to lean in, because that s**t doesn't work all the time", she said at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

"Marriage still ain't equal, y'all".

"Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she'd have a life like this, and the pressure you feel - from yourself and from others - can sometimes feel like a lot", she told Good Housekeeping magazine. Obama responded to the outburst from the audience.

Upon hearing her utter a profanity, the packed 19,000-seat arena lost it, erupting in cheers and laughter.

"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.

The crowd applauded when the word dropped while Obama laughed it off.

Author and political commentator Toure Neblett tweeted that "everyone freaked out ..."

Obama quickly apologised for swearing, NY magazine said. I was gettin' real comfortable up in here.

Obama, 54, was speaking to Good Housekeepingmagazine when the topic of the Duchess of Sussex came up. According to Elle, her expletive drew plenty of gasps.

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"People are like, 'Oh, why'd she talk about marriage counseling?' I'm like, 'Duh.' Marriage is hard, you know".

Sandberg famously advocated for women to take charge in the workplace in her 2013 book "Lean In". It encouraged women seek to supercharge their careers by improving their negotiation tactics, striving to fill leadership roles at work, and taking control of their professional life. They had to work, but that doesn't mean they weren't highly intelligent. There were 19 countries run by women when Lean In was published.

She also spoke of the importance of building support systems.

Perhaps Sandberg should take Obama's advice to heart and lean out for a bit. "I find great hope in this generation of young women".

"There are a lot of things that folks are doing to keep their seats because they don't want to share power and what better way to do it than make you think you don't belong?" Alright, I'm back now. She first visited the school during the G20 summit in 2009, months after becoming first lady, and later hosted a dozen pupils at the White House.

"It did not really sink in that it was her", 11-year-old Emma said.

On social media, Obama's words were met with widespread approval.

"As a wife, mother, entrepreneur and philanthropic leader...."

"I have no intention of running for office, ever", she wrote.

Obama herself pioneered a number of initiatives during her eight years in the White House.

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