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Michelle Obama Explains Why She Served Some Side-Eye At Trump's Inauguration

She shared what she was really thinking in those moments.

02/05/2017 3:13 AM IST | Updated 02/05/2017 3:13 AM IST

Get ready to love Michelle Obama just a tiny bit more.

The former first lady became an instant meme when she threw some stellar side-eye while welcoming President Donald Trump and Melania Trump to the White House on Inauguration Day. 

Here’s a tiny taste:

But Obama says that she wasn’t throwing shade at the Trumps — rather, she was trying to bottle her emotions.

As she explained at the American Institute of Architects convention Thursday, the beginning of the inauguration marked the last moments that her teenage daughters, Malia and Sasha, would have in the White House, the home they’ve 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,” she told the audience in Orlando, Florida, according to Today.

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Former first lady Michelle Obama smiles during a conversation at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 on April 27 in Orlando, Florida.

“I didn’t want to have tears in my eyes because people would swear I was crying because of the new president,” Obama added

Though Obama was sad to say goodbye to the White House staff, she also noted that she has no desire to return to Pennsylvania Avenue in 2020.

“I wouldn’t ask my children to do this again,” she said.

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