Michelle Obama: I just didn't want to become a meme

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"That whole 'So you can have it all.' Nope, not at the same time", Obama, who was promoting her own book Becoming, said.

"And it's not always enough to lean in, because that sh*t doesn't work all the time".

Obama also apologised for her language, saying she "forgot where I was for a moment" although the upfront language did help the crowd erupt. Although the girls spent their teenage years in the White House, Michelle points out that they still faced numerous same experiences she did growing up.

Until then, no matter where Meghan has her baby, we'll be over here waiting for the next Obama and royal baby photo opportunity.

While she is keenly aware of the trials and tribulations teenage girls face, she believes young women today have more advantages. Mrs. Obama, too, is clearly not a fan of the message.

Without directly addressing her husband's successor, Donald Trump, Obama said change was "not a straight line" but the election of Barack Obama to the White House showed people were open to change.

Her comments about making a marriage work and focusing on a satisfying career, quoted by USA news site The Cut, clearly struck a chord with the crowd.

Mrs Obama paid another visit to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School (EGA) as part of her book tour for her autobiography Becoming.

"Your task is to get yourself ready because people will try to hold you back.it will crush you if you are not ready".

Michelle Obama weighs in on the idea of 'leaning in': 'That s--t doesn't work' - NY Daily News

"I nearly felt myself fall back into my own past". She was talking about the concept of "leaning in", a method popularized by Facebook's chief financial officer Sheryl Sandberg through which women are supposedly able to "have it all", according to Vanity Fair.

"If we want to solve any major issue you can think about, it starts with an education".

Her marriage and her family, from our outside perspective, are beyond enviable.

The former first lady was speaking at a book event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn when the swear word slipped out, sparking a tsunami of shock and delight across the 19,000 seater arena - and on social media.

"People are like, 'Oh, why'd she talk about marriage counseling?' I'm like, 'Duh.' Marriage is hard, you know", she told the crowd. "It's two independent individuals who are trying to come together to build a life forever".

Mrs Obama also spoke about the importance of mentors and the need for "sisterhood" instead of a "mean girls" mentality.

Her advice to the Duchess of Sussex is simple: don't rush.

Cell phone cameras were rolling as she realized what she'd said.

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