In an in-depth interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, former First Lady Michelle Obama confessed that she didn't think that her husband could win the election in 2008.
In her new book Becoming, the first lady explained that she "reluctantly" gave her blessing for her husband to run for president, but "at the same time harboring a painful thought: Barack was a black man in America, after all. I didn’t really think he could win."
She threw herself into helping with the campaign, making campaign stops and speaking out for her husband. As she became more well-known, however, the attacks from the right began.
“People called me Barack's baby mama,” she recalled. “Accused me of not loving my country. You know, told me I was angry. It was the first time I really experienced someone taking my voice and ballin' it up and distorting it. And in a way, I was, like, 'This isn't me. Wait, wait, people. This isn't who I am.'"
She admitted that stuff like that "hurts," even if she was seen as one the most beautiful and intelligent women in the country.
When Obama won and took office, it was just in time for the "birthers' to begin their open criticisms about her husband's legitimacy.
Obama also noted that when she saw the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape she was disgusted and worked to "channeled my fury into words." She delivered an epic smackdown at her first speech since the tape dropped while she was in New Hampshire.
"This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. It is intolerable,” she said in the speech.
"My body buzzed with fury after hearing the tape," she wrote in Becoming. "I articulated my rage and my fear, along with my faith that with this election Americans understood the true nature of what they were choosing between. We were now up against a bully ... challenging the dignity of our country with practically his every utterance."