Michelle Obama Didn't Think Barack Obama Was Going To Win The Presidency

Ten years ago, Michelle Obama says she didn't think America was ready for a black a president when her husband Barack Obama ran for president. According to CNN, she said, "One of the reasons why I agreed to support Barack’s run for president was that deep down I was like, ‘there’s no way he’s going to win.’ And we can just sort of get this out of the way, and I can be that supportive wife going ‘oh, honey, you tried. Um, OK, now let’s go back to our lives as usual.'" She continued, "That was my whole plan, you know, because I didn’t believe that America was ready for a black president, let alone a black president named Barack Hussein Obama." Michelle also said that it was not wise to take her husband's presidency as the end the racism in America. She explained, "My grandparents’ lives were affected by Jim Crow. We mistakenly thought that Barack Obama was going to erase hundreds of years of history in eight years. That is ridiculous. We are putting down markers, we make progress and going backward doesn’t mean the progress wasn’t real. It just means that it’s hard. What we are trying to do is shift culture."