Michelle Obama's 'cursing stage'
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First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson Obama'Car guy' Biden puts his spin on the presidency Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Son gives emotional tribute to Colin Powell at service MORE might meet with world leaders and host ornate state dinners with President Obama, but as a 10-year-old, her fondness for swear words cost her a “best camper” award.

“I was going through my cursing stage,” she said in a forthcoming biography, Michelle Obama: A Life, by Peter Slevin, excerpted by People magazine. 


“I didn't realize until my camp counselor at the end came up and said, ‘You know, you would have been best camper in your age group, but you curse so much.’ ”

The book, which is set for release on April 7, includes a number of personal anecdotes about the first lady, including that she dated the son of singer Patti LaBelle. It also quotes her mother, Marian Robinson, saying that the opinionated attitude of her granddaughter, Sasha, reminded her of Michelle when she was a child.

Slevin’s biography shares a story of the Obama’s engagement dinner. He writes that Michelle began asking Barack about marriage during a celebratory dinner after he passed the bar exam. When the wait staff brought out dessert, they placed a box with an engagement ring inside on Michelle’s plate. 

“That kind of shuts you up, doesn’t it?” President Obama said, according to Slevin.

It also reveals a more serious side of the first lady, specifically her fears that her husband would be assassinated during his bid for president.

“I don't want to be in a position one day where I am vulnerable with my children,” she said, according to the book.

“I need to be in a position for my kids where, if they lose their father, they don't lose everything.”