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“One of the reasons why I agreed to support Barack’s run for president was because deep down I was like 'there’s no way he’s going to win. And we can just sort of get this out of the way,' ” the former first lady said during a Monday stop in London for her book tour.


Obama, 54, is promoting her bestselling memoir, “Becoming.” 

“I can be that supportive wife going, ‘Oh, honey you tried. Now let’s go back to our lives as usual,' ” Obama said she was thinking ahead of her husband's 2008 presidential bid, when he was serving as a Democratic senator from Illinois.

“That was my whole plan,” Obama said to laughs from the audience.

“Because I didn’t believe that America was ready for a black president, let alone a black president named Barack Hussein Obama,” she said.

The comments from the ex-executive mansion resident echo those in her book about her feelings of doubt about her husband’s chances of success ahead of his 2008 campaign.

“I said yes, though I was at the same time harboring a painful thought, one I wasn’t ready to share: I supported him in campaigning, but I also felt certain he wouldn’t make it all the way,” Obama wrote.

“He spoke so often and so passionately of healing our country’s divisions, appealing to a set of higher ideals he believed were innate in most people. But I’d seen enough of the divisions to temper my own hopes,” Obama shared in her book. 

“Barack was a black man in America, after all. I didn’t really think he could win.”