Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman lit the world with her spoken word presentation during President Joe Biden’s inauguration, but she can also be good at eavesdropping. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, she opened up about the experience of sitting next to President Barrack Obama and former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Michelle kept yelling at Obama not to hug people

The 22-year old revealed that during the inauguration, Michelle kept yelling at Obama. She was telling him not to get close to people. She said that the former first lady was yelling at her husband to stop hugging and getting so close to people. Amanda explained that after she finished her presentation, Michelle pushed Obama out of her way and gave her the “biggest, warmest Michelle Obama hug.”

Amanda, who appeared on the Jan 26, 2021 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, said that she had met the Obamas prior to her inspiring performance. She told Ellen that she has previously met Michelle but has never met Obama before the inauguration. Amanda confessed that every time she meets Michelle, she wishes she can forget her so that she can have a do-over again. She said that she wants a clean slate like doing it right, but Michelle always remembers her.

Michelle Obama is down to earth

The young poet teasingly said that when hugging the former first lady her forehead is like in her belly button since she is short. Ellen told her that Michelle is a great person and she is down to earth. She told Amanda that she can be herself around her and shouldn’t worry about a do-over.

During the interview, Amanda reflected on how her inauguration performance changed her life, especially social media. She explained that she knew she was making history by becoming the youngest inaugural poet. But, she didn’t know how that would look like or the impact it could have. After the presentation, Amanda said that her social media had blown up with apps literary crashing


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