Michelle Obama on 'Lean In': 'That S--- Doesn't Work All the Time'

Former first lady suffers an apparently unguarded moment during book tour appearance
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2018 9:44 AM CST
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Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during the "Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama" at Barclays Center in Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – Michelle Obama sold 2 million copies of memoir Becoming in the first 15 days, and she might need to dip into those proceeds to make a donation to the swear jar. During an apparently unguarded moment Saturday night at a book tour appearance in front of an intimate crowd of 19,000 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the former first lady termed the idea that women can have personal and professional equality "at the same time" a "lie." She then added that "it's not always enough to lean in, because that s--- doesn’t work all the time." She quickly apologized to the crowd, notes Fox News, saying, "I forgot where I was for a moment" and telling the sold-out audience that "I'm back now." (Read more Michelle Obama stories.)

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