Sunday, December 10

Michelle Obama’s oh my god moment: eating french fries at Buckingham Palace



Looking back on her time as first lady, one memory stands out for Michelle Obama: ordering french fries at Buckingham Palace.

Mrs Obama was a guest on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, and was asked if there had been any oh my god’ moments over the last eight years .

“I mean, a sleepover at Buckingham Palace?” she responded.

Mrs Obama dismissed Colbert’s question as to whether she and the Queen had “painted each others’ toe nails”, explaining that it was a far more formal affair.

“When they hosted us for the state dinner – when you’re the guest country, you stay at Buckingham Palace,” she said.

The visit was not all pomp and circumstance, however, there were also chips on offer.

“I do remember ordering french fries at the palace. They were good – they were some good fries at the palace,” Mrs Obama said.

The request for french fries is a bit surprising, not only because it was made at the palace but also because Mrs Obama is known for her advocacy of nutritious eating.

“Hey, not everyday but you know, I love french fries,” she told Colbert. “I am a big french fry fanatic. That’s why I have to eat vegetables- to balance it out, for sure. It would get ugly.”

Mrs Obama also discussed the plagiarism controversy surrounding Melania Trump, who could soon succeed her as first lady.

Asked about the criticism Mrs Trump received when it emerged that a portion of the speech she delivered at the Republican National Convention was actually taken from a speech Mrs Obama gave in 2008, Mrs Obama deadpanned: “Yeah, that was tough.”

She said she had no sympathy for Mrs Trump, or any political spouse who has to speak on behalf of a candidate that they may not always agree with.

“You have to be, you know, in it,” she said. “If you’re in it, and you don’t agree, you shouldn’t have agreed before they ran.

“Bottom line is, if you didn’t agree with what Barack was saying, I would not support his run. So I stand there proudly, and I hope they are, too, standing with their spouses proudly. So no, no sympathy,” she said.