When Michelle Obama went to the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium on Saturday night, the crowd let out screams of joy normally reserved for rock stars.
Spectators who had spent the day talking about gender equality as part of the United State of Women summit listened enthusiastically for 40 minutes as Obama shared with Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross that which had an effect on the life classes one would expect from one of the most popular first ladies in recent history. And when the discussion became political, Obama became very real.
After shouting for Obama to run for president, she immediately rejected the idea.
"That's not the answer either," she said. "When I hear people saying, 'You're running,' that's part of the problem. We still do not have 'Yes, we can''t. It's not Yes, you can, it's true we we can understand that right, it does not matter who runs, and look, I do not think I'm different than Hillary. "
Without Donald Trump's name too she complained of the number of women who voted for him instead of Clinton, whom she described as the "most qualified person."
Obama has also made it clear that she has no patience for men who spectacularly fail and still rise to power.
"I wish girls could fail like men and be alright," she said, "because I tell you when men watch – it's frustrating, it's frustrating to see how many men are blowing it and win, and we stick to those crazy, crazy standards. "
" It's frustrating to see how many men dare and win. "
The extensive conversation with Ellis Ross touched on Obama's relationship with her mother, how she raises her daughters, and where she seeks hope in dark times.
Obama shared childhood memories, told of the time she "stifled" when she read the word "white" as a kindergartner, and how she returned to school the next day, determined to prove to her teacher that they read it could. She admitted to falling in love with laughter that she just wanted a star.
She talked about getting her daughters, Sasha and Malia, to come to her with every question, but admitted that getting her "mother face" was difficult so she would not judge ,
Valerie Jarrett, former Advisor to President Obama, said in an interview with Mashable that the First Lady is so popular because of her authenticity.
"I think people are really good judges about whether someone is authentic or not, and I think they feel so good in their skin that they're not afraid to let people in," Jarrett said.
And let people into it.
When Ellis Ross asked how she moves in difficult political times, Obama said that while she was in the White House reading negative stories or headlines, she made sure to spend time with children.
"That's all there for," she said. "… Because of them, we can not give up, what choice do we have, what future do I give to my girls and all our children when I wake up and I'm hopeless? It's no use, all we have is hope. "