Former first lady Michelle Obama suggested Americans were still racist bigots when her husband, Barack Obama, won the 2008 presidential election.
Michelle claimed she was so concerned about racism while serving as First Lady she changed her hairdo.
“As black women, we deal with it, the whole thing about do you show up with your natural hair,” Obama said during an event with Hollywood celebrity Ellen DeGeneres this week.
“As first lady, I did not wear braids. Being the first … yeah, we had to ease up on the people. Cause I thought about it,” she said.
“I was like, it would be easier. Nope, nope. They’re not ready,” Obama added.
Michelle was concerned that braided hair would block her husband’s healthcare reform bill from passing.
“Let me keep my hair straight,” Obama said. “Let’s get health care passed.”
This is not to say there are no historical instances of racial discrimination against hairstyle choice, but claiming a hairdo could have prevented Obamacare from being forced on the public is a bit of a stretch.
Obama’s ignorance was eclipsed by her claim that the worst thing about her husband’s time in office was when he chose to wear a tan suit.
The first lady claimed criticism from conservatives of the suit proved having her hair in braids would be a bad move.
“The great indignity, the scandal of the Obama administration,” she said of the incident.
Earlier this week, Michelle Obama said she struggled with a “crushing sense of hopelessness” after the 2020 presidential election.
“I was in a low place,” she said.