6:54pm PT by Katie Kilkenny, Katherine Schaffstall
Watch Michelle Obama Read Jokes She Couldn't Say as First Lady
With her new memoir, Becoming, Michelle Obama reveals a bit more about herself and her life as first lady than she could while she was in the White House. But when she was a guest on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night, the host pushed her to open up even further, asking her to read a few jokes he had penned.
"As far as I'm concerned, you can cut loose and say anything now, right?" Kimmel asked of her period after leaving the White House.
"Yes?" Obama replied tentatively.
Kimmel then explained the premise of the bit, in which Obama would recite sentences he had written of "things you couldn't say while you were in the White House." (The late-night host has prompted guests with a similar routine before, including adult-film performer Stormy Daniels before she legally claimed that an NDA she had signed regarding her interactions with President Donald Trump was void.)
Though Obama was hesitant to read Kimmel's statements, she played along, reading first, "I've never eaten a vegetable." (Obama tended a vegetable garden while in the White House and made videos that attempted to encourage children to eat more veggies.)
"I knew it, I knew it," Kimmel asserted.
"That's not true," Obama shot back.
The next phrase poked fun at the Obamas' multiyear Netflix deal, inked in May: "The whole eight years we were in the White House, we used Laura Bush's Netflix password," Obama read. "Laura, sorry," she joked.
In Becoming, which was released Tuesday, Obama describes the shock of the Trump presidency, experiencing racism in public life and struggling to maintain her self-confidence in the face of the intense scrutiny the presidency put her family under.
Earlier in the episode, Obama said that writing her new book helped her process her eight years as the first lady. "It was more fun that I thought," she said about the writing process. "Rarely does anybody get time and they get paid to reflect. And reflecting, I find, is very important because the truth is that for the last decade, there was no time to even really think about what just happened to us."
"I write about the fact that, you know, the week would start, something amazing would happen and then by the end of the week I would've forgotten all about that other amazing thing," she continued. "Our days were full. We were just inundated, so coming out of the White House, you needed that time to take stock and say, 'What just happened?'"
She added that the book helped her "understand what those eight years meant to me personally and how it fit into the context of the rest of my life."
Kimmel later stated that he was shocked to learn that White House residents have to pay for their own food. "It's crazy because you don't know it and most people don't know what it's like to live in the White House. Only 45 families have done it," she responded. "Rent is free. Staff is free. You know, we shouldn't be mooching off of the tax payers."
She then added some insight of what it was like to live in the White House. "It's a little shocking because nobody ever tells you this stuff and then they let you get whatever you want," she said. "Like if you say you want some exotic fruit, 'Yes ma'am. We'll get that right away' and then you get the bill for a peach. It's like, 'That was a $500 peach.'"