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Michelle Obama: Biggest fear was falling over and becoming a meme



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Obama speaks at The Royal Festival Hall in London on

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  • Michelle Obama said that one of her biggest fears as as
    First Lady was falling over in public and the clip becoming a
  • “One of my primary goals for the eight years was to
    never become a meme,” she said.
  • She said that her last thought before she walks on to a
    stage is “don’t fall.” 
  • She was particularly afraid of falling when she met the

Michelle Obama said that one of her primary goals for her eight
years as first lady was to avoid falling over and becoming a

Speaking in London on Monday, the former First Lady said that the
possibility of falling over at a public appearance is always on
her mind.

Of course your head is spinning because first of all I’m
trying not to fall, which is a major thing that I think about in
public,” she said,
according to MailOnline
. “If you’re thinking about my
thoughts when I come out on stage it’s ‘don’t’ fall.’

“One of my primary goals for the eight years was to never become
a meme.”

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Obama was speaking about fear of falling over when she met the
Queen, when she famously
broke royal protocol and touched the monarch.

Obama said she had “all this protocol buzzing in my head”
when she was due to be picked up by Her Majesty in person, and
driven by her to Windsor Castle.

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Michelle Obama touched the
queen when they met in 2009, which breaks royal


“I was like ‘don’t trip down the stairs and don’t touch
anybody, whatever you do’ and so the Queen says ‘just get in, sit

“And she’s telling you one thing and you’re remembering
protocol and she says ‘Oh it’s all rubbish, just get in'”

“I touched her. After all those protocol lessons, I was
human,” Obama said.

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