Michelle Obama was ready to dip come time for Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.
The former First Lady dropped by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday to discuss her new book Becoming.
Fallon asked Obama about a photo of her with President Barack Obama on Donald Trump’s inauguration day, waiving from Air Force One. What was on her mind at that moment? “Bye, Felicia,” Obama said, eliciting giggles from Fallon and audible cheers from the studio audience.
“A lot was going on that day,” she expressed. “Right before that, my daughters’ friends decided they needed a sleepover,” in the White House. “And then there was the Tiffany’s box,” she received from Melania Trump.
The late-night talk show host asked Obama if she was optimistic about the future of the United States. “I am,” she insisted. “We owe young people that optimism, that hope, because what’s the alternative?.. They come into this world with so much promise and openness; we’re the ones that shut them down.”
“They need to know their story can be my story,” she added. “If you live like I did – a little working-class kid who made her way up to becoming First Lady of the United States, a best-selling author, travelling the world – there is a reason for hope.”
Becoming was released on Nov. 13 and is currently on sale through Amazon.