Married for nearly 26 years, the Obamas represent the flawless couple.
While the couple went to counselling to talk through their struggles, Michelle told Oprah it was a much different experience to what she had anticipated. And I started working out more. "That gets us into a lot of trouble, when we measure people just by what I call people's stats, and not their story", she said.
'Realizing it, I made my own optic adjustment: I stopped even trying to smile'.
According to The Association Press, who obtained an advanced copy of the book, Mrs Obama also describes the strain on her marriage when her husband Barack entered political life. Not even Barack and Michelle Obama are exempt to the powerful force that is teenage mortification.
Obama said that while she was a student at the high school she was doubted by her guidance counselor but applied to Princeton University and was accepted nonetheless.
'We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we're broken.
"No, she hasn't", Obama responded. "Wait, wait, people. This isn't who I am, '" she added. She said: "Someone from Barack's administration might have said that the optics were bad, that what the public saw didn't reflect the president's reality or ideals". The difference this time was that she was in the building where she spent four formative years of her life, spending hours each day commuting on a CTA bus from the South Side.
'The truth is, I'm pretty relaxed about it for two reasons, ' he said on Raleigh radio station WDCG in 2016.
Twitter was full of amusing screen grabs and jokes about Michelle's pained face, with people writing things like, 'Today Americans learned that Michelle Obama does not posses a poker face, ' and, 'Michelle Obama is literally all of us today'.
She continued: "When she said that, I thought, Wow - what - where did I come from, with all my luxury and wanting my passion?" "And my mother - my uninvolved, live-and-let-live mother - said, 'Make the money, worry about being happy later.' I was like [gulps], Oh".