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Michelle Obama on Barack’s 2008 campaign: ‘I didn’t really think he could win’

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Michelle Obama says she played the supportive wife during her husband’s 2008 White House bid because she assumed “there’s no way he’s going to win.”

“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.

{mosads}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.”

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