Michelle Obama on what she would tell her pre-White House self

The former first lady also spoke out in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts about her marriage and how the campaign trail tested her resilience.
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across the state to fight the flames. Now, robin's exclusive interview with the former first lady, Michelle Obama. Her memoir is coming out -- Tomorrow. It is tomorrow, right? And she is already striking such a cord. People are talking about that, and we came to know Michelle Obama in the white house, but there are things we didn't know, like the 2008 campaign, what was it really like, and what she thought the very first time she met her future husband. He is still a law student. First year. First year. You're going to be his mentor. He comes into town. For the first meeting. Late. Late. I'm, like, is he trifling? The black man is going to be late on the first day. I was, like, uh. You weren't overly impressed in the beginning. I wasn't, you know. I have my suspicions bh a lot of white folks fawn over a black man. They think he can talk straight so they think he is wonderful. That was my theory, and then his name was Barack Obama. He was from Hawaii. I thought, what? You know, so I didn't really know what to expect, and then in walks Barack Obama and Barack Obama has always walked like Barack Obama, like, he has got all the time in the world. He had that stride. I was, like, dude, you're cute, but in my mind, I was, like -- Not interested? Off limits. Not even interested. I'm not even going to date one of the few black summer associates. Robin, how tacky, you know? Reporter: But she quickly found herself drawn to him, and in October, 1992, the couple married, later welcoming daughters Malia and Sasha. The whole world would come to know the Obamas when in the summer of 2004, Barack Obama, already a rising star in politics, was asked to speak at the DNC national convention. There is not a liberal America and a conservative America. There is the United States of America. Reporter: A meteoric rise that would lead to his own candidacy in 2007. I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America. What do you wish you could tell your pre-white house self? Oh. The hard parts were the things I expected. That it's going to be hard, you know? So much of this country lives in isolation and we just don't know each other and so there were people who didn't know what a black woman was and sounded like, and so I knew that was going to be a challenge. That I would have to earn my grace. Can we do this? Reporter: The campaign trail would test her resilience. People called me Barack's baby's mama, you know, accused me of not loving my country. Told me I was angry. That was the first time I really experienced someone taking my voice and balling it up and distorting it. It was, like, this isn't me. Wait, people. This isn't who I am. I remember talking to you during the campaign about the criticism and you said you didn't really pay attention to it. In the book, you admit it. Yeah. You said, this stuff hurt. Yeah. This stuff hurt. I don't think we do each other a service like pretending like hurtful things don't hurt and that's what I have come to. I came to after that experience, I need to own that hurt. I need to talk about it. I need to put it out there for myself so that I can heal from it, but at the time, oh gosh, you know? I wasn't going to allow myself to feel victimized from it because there was no time to hurt in that role. She went right to work as first lady. Kind of startling to hear a former first lady healing from the hurt of the white house. Well, the things that were said about her and I remember talking to her during the campaign and she did what a politician's wife is supposed to do. Oh, no, no, no, no. But when you read her book and you really understand how -- how could it not -- for her to talk about it is not just to share with other people to help them, but to help herself, and it was just, you know, she said she wrote the book in hopes of starting a conversation and she really has. A lot of people were nodding along last night. I received so many text messages and e-mails from people showing their daughters watching the TV set and listening to her speak. Somebody else was watching last night. Michael Cohen. President trump's former attorney says he was watching "Becoming" and praying that her words bring back unity to our country. I think a lot of us pray that. That it will, and that's something that people were struck by. That her unifying voice -- yes, she was -- was she critical about some things about the current white house? Yes, in her manner and explaining why she felt that way. It wasn't just arbitrarily saying those things, and again, she is just -- in our next hour, you're going to really see who Michelle Obama is. Remember when we said we went by her high school and it was supposed to be a drop by and she ended up talking to these students and we're going to share that. She says she is not running for office. She sees this as her responsibility and going there. On race, on fertility on the family and the white house. This is her new mantle. It's interesting you say that because people are, like, why is she releasing this book now? Are you running for 2020? No. She is not thinking about politics at all. Her memoir is called "Becoming" and it is out tomorrow and I'll head to Chicago after this and go there to be with her tomorrow. We'll talk more about it because that's when she launches her book tour, and there is somebody called -- yeah. Oprah Winfrey, will be moderating the discussion at the united center. It's going to be exciting.

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