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18. Michelle Obama

Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend

Former First Lady Michelle Obama feels cautiously optimistic about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.Michelle and Conan sit down to talk about Michelle’s memoir Becoming, childhood inspirations, embarrassing her kids, spending time alone with Chipotle, putting the right people in office, and the loss of anonymity.Got a question for Conan? Call our voicemail: (323) 451-2821.For Conan videos, tour dates and more visit episode is sponsored by FX - What We Do in the Shadows, SoFi (, Calm (, Campaign Monitor (, Fracture (, Hair Club (, MeUndies (, Capterra (, and Audible ( or text CONANOBRIEN to 500500).

Episode notes last updated on March 28, 2019 21:58


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Why does it appear that famous people don't deal with hardship ?

They are taught to hide all of those experiences. Famous people fake the seemingly perfect nature of their lives, which makes them appear untouchable.

How do famous people handle being sensitive to hurt and exposure?

They work extra hard to cover it up because they don't want to be seen as less.

How do the President and First Lady handle personal scrutiny ?

When facing hurts and disappointments, it is not the job of the President and First Lady to be psychoanalyzed and in need of immense support. Rather, they are "parents" to the nation and have responsibilities that must be addressed.

How do presidential children cope with the lifestyle adjustments ?

Poise, grace, and resilience must all be developed in order for them to maintain some normalcy in their lives.

What is the sacrifice like for those who hold public office positions ?

Ultimately, they are government jobs. It is hard and thankless work. One must be knowledgeable, patient, and someone who can handle stress.

What is the importance of voting ?

Ultimately, it is what citizens must do. Regardless of beliefs, the number of citizens voting is woefully small. The next generation must be educated on the importance of decision making.