During an interview with Gayle King at this year's Essence Festival, former first lady Michelle Obama reflected on how the public viewed her during the 2008 election.
"Now I’m Michelle Obama and the love, but for a minute there, I was an angry black woman who was emasculating her husband -- who was somebody to be feared -- because that was part of the political game."
“As I got more popular, that’s when people of all sides -- Democrats and Republicans -- tried to take me out by the knees,” she said. "And the best way to do it was to focus on the one thing people were afraid of: the strength of a black woman. So they turned that into a caricature."
Watch the full sitdown below: