Michelle Obama referred to her husband as “bum” when he was in high school. The first lady shared this information when she appeared on the daytime talk show, “The Real.” She was interviewed at the White House to discuss her “Better Make Room” initiative, a program in which she inspires students to pursue continuing education after high school.
NBC News reports that while the first lady was encouraging students to take charge of their future by furthering their education, she was quite blunt when it came what kind of student the nation’s president was when they were younger.
When Michelle Obama was asked how she and the president did when it came to grades, the first lady didn’t hold back.
“He will [even] say, it’s not even close,” she said. “Barack fooled around in high school. He’s said it. He didn’t take school seriously in high school. He barely got his work done. He was a bum.”
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Michelle added that it took the president a while because he had to “grow up” and “figure himself out as a man” after growing up without a father.
Although Michelle Obama referred to her husband as a “bum” in school until he “got his act together,” it wasn’t too late when he realized he better get on the right track if he was going to make something of himself.
“It wasn’t until his second year he transferred from Occidental [in California] to Columbia [University] when he was like, ‘I got to make something of my life. I got to get it together,’” Michelle said.
First Lady Obama took the opportunity to tell the hosts that the President of the United States “screwed around in high school. And he still got his act together. He did okay.”