8 Times Michelle Obama Has Been Embarrassing as First Lady


When you’re serving as the First Lady during one of the worst administrations in American History, you’re bound to encounter some incredibly embarrassing moments along the way. Six years in, Michelle Obama has amassed quite a few. Some have been embarrassing in general, while others show her lack of respect for her peers or the position she holds.

Let’s profile some of the more embarrassing moments for the First Lady below …


1. The time she was caught rolling her eyes at House Speaker John Boehner … twice.

At a presidential luncheon, the First Lady could not hide her disdain for the Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner.  Sitting between Boehner and the President, Michelle Obama was caught on video rolling her eyes in disgust, not once, but twice. Watch …

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2. Having to pay for dinner when her husband’s credit card was declined.

During a recent dinner at a New York restaurant, President Obama’s credit card was declined and Michelle had to pick up the tab.

3. The time the Washington Post had to defend the size of her backside.

After criticizing Michelle Obama for lecturing Americans on eating right, Republican congressman Jim Sensenbrenner mentioned she might not have the healthiest physique herself. Specifically, he mentioned her “large posterior.” After which, the Washington Post leapt to the First Lady’s defense, criticizing Sensenbrenner for being “mesmerized” by her backside while reminding their readers that only a racist would do such a thing.

4. All this for a damn flag?

During a 9/11 ceremony, video showed what some people believe was Michelle Obama whispering to her husband, “All this for a damn flag?”


5. The time Mrs. Obama broke royal protocol by continually touching the Queen of England.

During a visit to Buckingham Palace, Michelle Obama broke protocol by giving the Queen a hug, then putting her arm around her some time later.  The breach in decorum led The Guardian to write, “Whoever briefed Michelle Obama on the things one does and doesn’t do with one’s hands when one meets the Queen must be wondering what went wrong.”


6. When she used the East Room to exercise with participants of The Biggest Loser.

The East Room of the White House, a room once used for the historic signing of the Civil Rights Act, was turned into a sweaty gym for overweight participants of the show, The Biggest Loser.


7. Or when she used the East Room for a potato sack race with comedian Jimmy Fallon.


8. The glare to end all glares.

During a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, President Obama’s lack of dignity for the office he holds shone brightly while he was hitting it off with Denmark’s Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Obama even took a selfie with her and British Prime Minister, David Cameron.

At a funeral.


The First Lady was clearly not pleased, and President Obama’s selfie face was quickly wiped away when he was forced to switch seats with his wife.


Can you think of some more embarrassing moments for the First Lady?

Rusty Weiss has been covering politics for over 15 years. His writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, Fox... More about Rusty Weiss

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