Michelle Obama tried to sneak out of White House with Malia to celebrate marriage equality

Edduin Carvajal
Nov 23, 2018
12:11 P.M.

Michelle Obama, the former FLOTUS, has had a busy couple of weeks as she has been visiting several talk shows to promote her new memoir titled “Becoming.”


In it, she wrote several aspects of her past life, her marriage, and some of the things (not the confidential ones, of course) that took place when she and the rest of the Obama family were still in the White House.

During a conversation she had with Ellen DeGeneres in her show, the former FLOTUS recalled the time she tried to sneak out of the White House with her daughter, Malia, to celebrate marriage equality with the people.


June 26, 2015, will forever go down in history as the day the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, establishing marriage equality.

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When it was announced, several places in the US celebrated that decision by decorating using LGBT colors. The White House, for instance, light up the principal building with those colors. Knowing how important that day was, Michelle considered that she had to go out and celebrate with those who gathered in front of the House.

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“We know there was a celebration happening, but we didn't realize that thousands of people were gathering in front of the White House at that time to celebrate. And my staff was calling me, everybody was celebrating, people were crying, and I thought, I want to be in that,” revealed Michelle.

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However, she didn’t want to do it alone, so she went to Barack’s office, but he was busy. Michelle then asked Sasha, but she also refused. Finally, the former FLOTUS talked to Malia and convinced her after a while. Little did they know that getting out of the House would be so difficult.


As Michelle and Malia tried to take an elevator, they heard a Secret Service agent whisper their code names and say, “they're moving.” That was bad because they knew they didn’t like the idea of them being outside.


At some point, they had to run down the stairs. In the book, Michelle wrote, "Malia gave me a devilish smirk. She wasn't used to flouting the rules.” After a while, they reached the door to the exit but, unfortunately, it was locked.


Malia, excited after the adventure of running away from Secret Service agents and the rest of the White House staff, urged her mother to get out. When a staffer told Michelle - who was barefoot, wearing ripped shorts, and no makeup - that there were cameras outside, she realized she could go out like that.

Knowing how important that day was, Michelle considered that she had to go out and celebrate with those who gathered in front of the House.


Both Malia and Michelle got ready and joined the celebration about 15 minutes later. The former FLOTUS said, “We stood along with all the cheering crowd, off to the side, mind you, so no one would see us, with security surrounding us, and we tried to have our tender mother-daughter moment.”



The former FLOTUS also wrote about her fertility issues. She admitted that she suffered a miscarriage about two decades ago. Since such problem was not something publicly spoken back then, Michelle felt “lost and alone,” and that she "failed." She added that women "just sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken.”

Michelle addressed that it was very difficult for her to get pregnant, so she underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF) to successfully welcome her two daughters to the world

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