Michelle Obama wants you to know she is smarter than you. In fact, she wants you to know that she is smarter than everyone.
At a talk in London the former first lady said she still struggles with self doubt, Newsweek reported.
“It doesn’t go away, that feeling that you shouldn’t take me that seriously. What do I know? I share that with you because we all have doubts in our abilities, about our power and what that power is.”
“If I’m giving people hope then that is a responsibility, so I have to make sure that I am accountable,” Obama said.
Asked for a piece of advice for young women, Obama said: “My advice to young women is that you have to start by getting those demons out of your head.
“The question I ask myself— ‘am I good enough?—that haunts us, because the messages that are sent from the time we are little is: Maybe you are not. Don’t reach too high. Don’t talk too loud,” Obama said.
But there is good news.
She is smart and everyone else is dumb.
The former first lady said that point was profoundly true “for women of color” as people in power try to make them feel as if they do not belong.
But Obama offered a “secret” to young women everywhere: “I have been at probably every powerful table that you can think of, I have worked at nonprofits, I have been at foundations, I have worked in corporations, served on corporate boards, I have been at G-summits, I have sat in at the U.N.: They are not that smart.”
Twitter had a field day.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 16, 2018
Her husband said the same thing about 2 weeks ago. They really believe they’re the smartest people in any room they’ve ever set foot in. https://t.co/GU62qaX9Bx
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) December 16, 2018
They were at the table with the stupid people…you were at the table with the stupid people. Could it be that you are one of them?
— Navy Doc (@SereDoc) December 16, 2018
When you and your husband believe you are the smartest person in any given room….well https://t.co/wc0YWf6xCB
— Scott H (@HarvilleScott) December 16, 2018
And that is why none of you are qualified to run other people’s lives, so leave us alone
— Lostmyleggins (@lostmyleggins) December 16, 2018