Former first lady Michelle Obama has revealed the exact two words that were on her mind at Donald Trump’s inauguration — and they’ve caused quite a stir on social media.
During an interview with US TV host Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show this week, the 54-year-old was shown a picture of herself and her husband during the 2017 event.
Mr Fallon asked Mrs Obama to “walk me through” what she was thinking at that moment — and her response has divided the internet.
The former first lady told the comedian two words were going through her head then: “Bye, Felicia”.
The phrase, which originated from Ice Cube’s 1995 film Friday, has now evolved to become a dismissive slang term used to coldly farewell a person or situation.
The audience erupted into laughter as Mrs Obama uttered the phrase, with countless members of the public taking to social media to praise her use of the term.
“Bye Felicia “ … Booyaa Michelle Obama … you are hilarious
— Karen Browder (@KarenBrodr) December 19, 2018
Michelle Obama saying “bye Felicia” made my day 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
— Conny (@LauraEnAmerica_) December 19, 2018
However, it has also sparked controversy as it was not immediately clear what exactly she was referring to.
Many took Mrs Obama’s words to mean she was simply saying goodbye to the White House and the demanding roles of First Lady and President thrust upon the couple. But others think it was a slight at the incoming First Couple.
In her new memoir, Becoming, Mrs Obama makes no secret of the fact she was hesitant about her husband’s White House bid, writing: “I supported him in campaigning, but I also felt certain he wouldn’t make it all the way.
“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.
“Barack was a black man in America, after all. I didn’t really think he could win.”
But others have interpreted the phrase as a subtle dig at the incoming President and his wife Melania.
Many supporters of Donald and Melania Trump have slammed Mrs Obama on Twitter over her perceived insult.
Many comments contain racial slurs and coarse language and are unable to be republished, but others branded her “classless” and “rude”.
She has no idea how this s*** will come back to bite her in the a$$ if she ever thinks about running for anything.
— ❌ Mark Pukita ❌ (@mpukita) December 19, 2018
“Bye Felicia”. At least your rude, dismissive comments about a beautiful classy lady who gave you a gift didn’t surprise me. I’m sure you learned that nastiness when Laura Bush said goodbye to you. (Color me VERY sarcastic)
— kathryn salazar (@GrammyKathy7) December 19, 2018
Bye Felicia! You thankless, mooch…and that’s the positive about you! GOOD RIDDANCE! Thank God for our classy, beautiful CURRENT 1st Lady. Jealous much, Moochelle?
— rose brooks (@rosiebrooksiii) December 19, 2018
The interview also revealed other fresh insights into the momentous day, with Mrs Obama revealing one of her daughters had organised a sleepover with friends on their last night in the White House, adding further chaos.
“A lot was going on that day. That was a day,” Mrs Obama said.
“And right before that, my daughter’s friends decided they needed a sleepover for the last day and I was like ‘are guys you kidding me? we are leaving.
“You’ve gotta take all your stuff. Pick it up. The blankets the bears. They’re all crying. Get out. We’ve gotta go.”
It wasn’t the first time Mrs Obama has made controversial comments regarding Donald Trump’s inauguration.
She previously made headlines after claiming she “stopped even trying to smile” as the new President took over the top job.
The White House photographer who worked during Barack Obama’s presidential term has opened up about his time working with the former US leader.
Lawrence Jackson told Sky News he considers himself a documentarian and tries to ‘capture the moment that’s there’.
A selection of his work, including candid moments in the Oval Office and images of the Obama family, have been selected for to be displayed at this year’s Xposure International Photography Festival in the United Arab Emirates.
Obama’s photographer reveals insight into former President
Originally published as Michelle’s subtle dig at Trumps