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Michelle Obama SHOCKS The Internet: ‘I Don’t Like Selfies’

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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The thing about the modern day selfie is that when a 13-year-old patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis asks nicely, you look like such an a–#@!& if you say no.

And thankfully first lady Michelle Obama was on her a-game on her recent trip to the hospital where she had a lengthy, actually insightful, talk with patients, who asked about her life, her marriage, her cooking skills and overall life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And yes, she acquiesced on the selfie request.

From a transcript via the White House Press Office:

Q: Can I take a selfie with you? (Laughter.)

MRS. OBAMA: Absolutely.

Q: Can I have one too?

MRS. OBAMA: We’ll all do a selfie, okay? And you know what, I am — I don’t like selfies, but I’m going to do selfies for you guys, okay? All right. Because we’ve already had a good conversation. But we’re going to do selfies.

Michelle Obama later got schooled on the term “ussies” and even manages to be genuinely funny about it.

Q: Is that selfie going to be an “ussie?”

MRS. OBAMA: Say that again.

Q: Is that selfie going to be an “ussie?”

MRS. OBAMA: We will all do a selfie. (Laughter.)

Q: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: Everyone — we will do —

Q: An “ussie.”

MRS. OBAMA: An “ussie.”

Q: It’s called an “ussie” when it’s more than one person.

MRS. OBAMA: Whatever you guys want to do, is my point. (Laughter.) An “ussie,” a selfie, a yousie, a weesie — I don’t know. (Laughter.) I will do whatever you guys want.

By the end chat, the children had her eating out of their hands. So much so, she gave them an open invitation to the White House and cooed, “All right, you guys, let’s do some selfies — ussies!”