Remember Michelle Obama’s Infamous Inauguration Side Eye? She Explains It All

Millions of Americans hate-watched this year’s Inauguration, but there were some bright spots, one of them which has gone viral. There’s a meme of former First Lady Michelle Obama giving an expression of what looks to be a side eye while at the Inauguration ceremony.

Many speculated Obama had that look on her face because she was disappointed in the country’s pick for the next President, but during her appearance at last week’s American Institute of Architects convention, she cleared that up.

Obama told the Independent she was trying to control her emotions, because her daughters Sasha and Malia, were leaving the White House, which is the home they had lived in for the past eight years.

“So that moment of transition, right before the doors opened and we welcomed in the new family, our kids were leaving out the back door in tears, saying goodbye to people,”

said Obama to the convention audience.

To celebrate their eight years in the White House, the girls had a sleepover on their last night there.

“I didn’t want to have tears in my eyes because people would swear I was crying because of the new President.”

When asked if she would do the White House experience over again, Obama replied, “I wouldn’t ask my children to do this again.”

Well, there you have it. We can imagine it would be emotional having to say goodbye to your home of the past eight years. It looks like the former First Lady’s memoirs about life in the White House is going to be a must-read.