Everyone knows that a good parent supports their child through thick and thin but a great parent also knocks them down a peg when they need it. Apparently Michelle Obama‘s mom Marian Shields Robinson is a great parent because she did exactly that when she felt Michelle was getting a little too big for her britches.
At a book event in Phoenix Tuesday, Obama shared a text exchange between her and her mother after her surprise appearance at the Grammys on Sunday. Rather than fangirl over her daughter’s cameo like the rest of us, Robinson wondered if Obama had seen any “real stars” at the awards. The former FLOTUS shared screenshots of the conversation afterwards on Instagram.
Michelle’s “I am a real star… by the way…” is priceless and you can just hear the monotone delivery of that “Yeah.”
People found the whole thing pretty relatable.
“No matter how accomplished and famous and important and influential you are, leave it to your mom to make you feel like you’re nothing special,” someone commented.
“Wow, your Mom is a tough crowd! So funny since the ‘real stars’ went crazy for you, biggest cheers of the night!” another commenter said, referring to the deafening standing ovation Obama’s Grammys appearance elicited.
Fans also commented on the exchange on Twitter.
Michelle Obama’s mom asking her if she saw any “real stars” at the Grammy’s as if Michelle isn’t one of them! 👇🏽
Black Mothers will humble you quick! 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/NMFevmaOJ2
— Shelby Ivey Christie (@bronze_bombSHEL) February 13, 2019
— leslifoster (@leslifoster) February 13, 2019
The text between @MichelleObama and her mom after her appearance at the #Grammys. The take away-> Momma Robinson is unbothered AND Lady O is Team #iPhone! #TheDebateIsFinallySettled 🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/xIt43fETno
— Chenelle Jones, PhD (@DrChenelleJones) February 13, 2019
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) February 13, 2019
Of course, it looks like Michelle was good-natured about the whole thing. After all, if we learned anything from her memoir, Becoming, (other than the fact that Barack Obama’s office is a total mess) it’s that Michelle’s mom always tells it like it is.