Michelle Obama, like most ordinary people, experiences stardom.
Despite being one of the most prominent people in the United States for several decades, the former First Lady gets nervous when she sees her favorite musicians perform in front of her eyes.
After meeting them in an interview with The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Obama revealed the two musicians who triggered her “fangirl” mode.
When Fallon asked if he ever gets starstruck despite being a huge celebrity and personality, Obama, as usual, was humble and direct in her response!
She told Fallon:
“Absolutely I do. Just imagine the people that we met!”
The Obama family lived in The White House for six years. Barack occupied the Oval Office, while Michelle oversaw the entire team. Malia and Sasha were also in attendance.
When asked about her encounters with celebrities, Obama first mentioned Stevie Wonder, whom she adored.
“Stevie? You know, when I first met Stevie Wonder? I was just like ‘Stevie!’ I fangirled out. Prince? I mean … Prince played at the White House months before he passed, actually. I fangirl out.”
Wonder serenaded Obama on the Tonight Show in 2017 as a tribute to her eventual departure from the White House. He dedicated a special performance of “Isn’t She Lovely” to her and rewrote the lyrics of “My Cherie Amour” specifically for the former First Lady.
The music icon sang:
“My Michelle amour. You’re the only one we adore… You’ll always be First Lady in our lives.”
Notably, Wonder was former President Obama’s first concert in 1983 – talk about a full-circle moment for them!
They had a more difficult time arranging Prince’s visit to the White House. She revealed in a podcast with Questlove that inviting the singer to birthday parties was complicated because he was a practicing Jehovah’s Witness.
“He was like, I can’t come, but I want to come.’ We had to figure out how to create something that wasn’t a birthday. For the first 15 minutes, he just let his band riff. They were just jamming before he even showed up.”