Michelle Obama Gets Why Women Are Gushing Over '50 Shades of Grey'

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michelle obama at olympicsRemember back when President Obama was confronted with his first public questioning about Fifty Shades of Grey? The prez is usually right on top of the latest cultural trends, but when asked about E.L. James' steamy trilogy by the ladies of The View, he had to divert to someone he was sure would be more of an expert on the topic: His wife! Now Michelle Obama has shared her take on Fifty Shades with iVillage ...

Despite not having "had time to read anything" (who can blame her with this being an election year and all?), the First Lady says she has "a lot of friends, staff, people who are reading it, so it's all around" her. That said, she's managed to formulate an opinion on its popularity ...

Mrs. Obama said:

Not having read it, it's hard to know exactly what's going on.  But it's obviously tacked into something, and giving people permission to explore parts of themselves that maybe felt a bit taboo. But I don't know, that's just a good guess.

"Good guess," huh? Suuuure! I'm guessing that she has read at least a few pages or, at the very least, heard her "friends, staff," etc. regaling the plot and some of the naughtiest details. She totally knows more than she's letting on. And you know what? I LOVE that! 

We should be thrilled to have a FLOTUS who is aware of and in tune with not only what's going on in pop culture, but the pop culture women in particular are enjoying. She's totally plugged into the zeitgeist. No, of course it's not nearly as important as her work helping veterans find work or raising awareness about childhood obesity. She would be a perfectly awesome and effective presidential spouse even if she wasn't clued in on what American women are reading and experiencing as a result. 

But knowing that she seems aware -- and accepting! -- of the sexual revolution linked to the series is definitely cool. It may be a slightly trivial point, but I'd sure like to have a First Lady who "gets" that for another four years.

What do you think of Michelle Obama's take on Fifty Shades of Grey?


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barack obama, 2012 election, fifty shades of grey, women's issues, michelle obama

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bills... billsfan1104

She is too busy telling people to vote on Nov. 2nd to read the book.

wamom223 wamom223

I am not a fan of the Obama's and I'm a little offended by this.  Even if she has read it, I think it would be inappropriate for her to comment as she is a media figure with young girls.  I think as a mother in the white house she has a hard enough job balancing being the Presidents wife, and a mom trying to keep things as normal for her children as she can.  If she was an actress I would feel different but people look up to her in a different way and anything she says can get back to her daughters or be turned around by the media.  Its one thing to say you want your daughters to feel comfortable with their sexuality then to let the world know you're reading a book about BDSM.  I think she gave a great answer and we should leave her alone about this.  Also it would be great if this site quite making such a big deal about those crappy books, it makes us think you guys have never read a good book before.

zandh... zandhmom2

I just got the willies reading this...it's kind of like knowing your mom and dad are "enjoying" bdsm.  I don't care to think of the president and his wife in a sexual way at all.  And no, before any one jumps on me because it Mr. Obama, I would say the same thing about any president.  I loved Mr. Clinton but lost plenty of respect for him after hearing all about his sex relations with Monica.

BubbsJNL BubbsJNL

I'm guessing from the link to the article that Mrs. Obama's remarks were verbal and transcribed by a reporter for the article.  I'm dying to know if she SAID "tacked into" or if the reporter wrote it down that way.


As for her take on the book - I know what it's about, generally, but have never read it and have no intention of doing so.  The fact that someone thought that this was a valid question to ask the First Lady during an election year is a little bit disappointing.  And I, like the PP, am NOT an Obama fan.

Redwall Redwall

In other words, she's not read it, or at least won't admit it.  I can't stand her.

Rita Curry

 Well I'am a fan of the Obama's, but thought the question, was way out of order. That reporter should be, hung out to dry. If I were his boss, I would fire him on the spot ! Talking about no manners?

jessi... jessicasmom1

anyone who so wants to read it let them it is not a criime

wamom223 wamom223

Jessica its not about it being a crime to read them.  Its about treating the first lady with respect.  Its an election year and the media will rip into anyone.  They shouldn't have put her in the position especially since she has young daughters.  It was inappropriate.  Its not like they were asking her about The Hunger Games series. 

Scorp... ScorpioDee

Grow up...it's a book about sex. So what? And yes, all the presidents have sex, too... Who actually cares? Hell, my parents had sex...

niklovr niklovr

I find it so interesting that several posters had to start their comments with "I'm not a fan of the Obamas" as if anyone cares. You don't have to be a fan of them to respect them or the titles they hold. The amount of disrespect that has been thrown at them has been deplorable and shameful. In regards to the article, the First Lady's comments were well done. She didn't say whether or not she had read the books. She's an adult in a committed relationship with two children. It's obvious she is familiar with sex, to say the least. As a responsilbe parent, I doubt she is like many who pretends that sex is a taboo subject. Americans really need to get over it. 50 Shades was hardly as salacious as the media is making it out to be. Become enlightened, people! I thank God that the current FLOTUS is! At least she isn't an alcoholic or a murderer.

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