Former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level Politics must accept the reality of multiracial America and disavow racial backlash To empower parents, reinvent schools MORE is weighing in on 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's inauguration outfit, saying he told his wife he understands "why you are a fashion icon."

The ex-commander in chief gave his first public take on his significant other's much-buzzed-about inaugural wardrobe when he surprised a virtual meeting hosted by the Black-owned independent bookstore Mahogany Books and the Very Smart Brothas Book Club.

"They had scheduled somebody else but they couldn't make it, so I had to fill in," Obama quipped as he made an unannounced appearance during the discussion about his 2020 memoir, "A Promised Land." The chat last month was posted on Obama's Facebook page on Tuesday.


After a question from a participant on how to avoid becoming cynical about politics, another member of the group asked Obama to dish on his feelings surrounding his spouse's "inauguration drip."

The former first lady made headlines for her hairstyle and a plum-colored ensemble and gold belt from fashion designer Sergio Hudson at President Biden's inauguration last month.

"I don't know what it is about y'all, with Michelle and her belts," Obama, 59, said to laughs.

"I asked Michelle about it at dinner the other night. I said, 'Listen baby, you are gorgeous. You know, I understand completely why you are a fashion icon.' But, I said, 'Was your hair different? 'Cause it didn't look that different.'"

After some of the book club members replied the former first lady's hair "was laid," Obama added, "Anyway, so I don't have an answer other than just knowing she looks good and looks better than me."

"I understand that," he added.