PRESIDENT OBAMA: Sometimes African Americans, in communities where Iâ€™ve worked, thereâ€™s been the notion of â€śacting whiteâ€ť -- which sometimes is overstated, but thereâ€™s an element of truth to it, where, okay, if boys are reading too much, then, well, why are you doing that? Or why are you speaking so properly? And the notion that thereâ€™s some authentic way of being black, that if youâ€™re going to be black you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, that has to go. Because there are a whole bunch of different ways for African American men to be authentic.
If you look at Michele, she grew up South Side. And her mom still lives in a neighborhood where gunshots go off, and it can be rough where Michelle grew up. But sheâ€™ll talk proper when she needs to. Now, you also donâ€™t want to get on her wrong side, because she can translate that into a different vernacular.