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via Joy105/Essence:

Democrats and Republicans tried to take me out by the knees,’ Michelle Obama says at Essence Fest

Former first lady Michelle Obama says dealing with public scrutiny when her husband was campaigning to be president wasn’t as easy as it looked.

The New York Times best-selling “Becoming” author sat down for an interview with journalist Gayle King at the 25th Essence Music Festival Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Sporting a curly hairdo that won her social media praise, Obama talked about a portion of her book that explains her journey from being a lawyer to a first lady.

“So now I’m Michelle Obama and beloved,” she said in CBS video of the speech. “But for a minute there, I was an angry black woman who was emasculating her husband, who was somebody to be feared because that was part of the political game.”

Before diving into criticism Obama faced, King opened the interview by asking the Chicago native if she had any idea how much she was missed.

“Look, I miss us too,” Obama said, sending the crowd into roaring applause.

She went on to answer questions about her book and how readers are receiving it.

“Whether it’s in Copenhagen, or Paris or London, people have found and recognized themselves in the story of this little Black girl who grew up on the Southside of Chicago,” Obama said. “So what it reminds me is that our stories as Black people and as Black women have power.

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