Michelle Obama

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First Lady Michelle Obama stood on the stage at Tuskegee University and told her truth.

In a passionate and candid speech, the First Lady told a 2015 graduating class at Tuskegee University how she overcame her own personal insecurities and sleepless nights after she was mocked by the media and conservatives who took deliberate aim at the first Black woman to occupy the White House.

“Back when my husband first started campaigning for President, folks had all sorts of questions of me:  What kind of First Lady would I be?  What kinds of issues would I take on?  Would I be more like Laura Bush, or Hillary Clinton, or Nancy Reagan?” Obama told about 4,000 people during a commencement address Saturday at the historically black college in Alabama.

“And the truth is, those same questions would have been posed to any candidate’s spouse. That’s just the way the process works.  But, as potentially the first African American First Lady, I was also the focus of another set of questions and speculations; conversations sometimes rooted in the fears and misperceptions of others. Was I too loud, or too angry, or too emasculating?  Or was I too soft, too much of a mom, not enough of a career woman?”

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