Chris Rock Explains His Embarrassing Encounter With Michelle Obama ‘I’ve Never Felt So Stupid in My Life’

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Back in 2016 when Barack and Michelle Obama invited a few friends to the White House for a farewell party. Beyoncé, Jay Z, Oprah, Stevie Wonder, and other famous people were in attendance and for comedian Chris Rock, it was like he “died and went to black heaven.”

He stopped by the Tonight Show on Tuesday to promote his first stand-up tour in nearly a decade, and gave Jimmy Fallon the play-by-play of the party.

Don’t feel too jealous you weren’t invited, though, because according to Rock, there were a lot of awkward moments. Turns out then when a room is packed with incredibly famous people, you might find yourself in the unenviable position of offering career advice to one of the the then-First Lady. “I’m not really supposed to be alone with Michelle Obama,” Rock joked. “That’s not really my lane. I don’t know how to talk politics.”

Despite that lack of expertise, Rock persevered. “We’re talking about the election and stuff,” the comedian said. “[She said] ‘I don’t know, I don’t know what’s gonna happen. This is such a crazy time.’ And I go, ‘You’ll be aight.’” To prove that she would be “aight”, Rock assured her that she could “get any kind of job” like on “The View, The Housewives of Atlanta.” That didn’t land well, according to Rock. “Michelle Obama looks at me like, ‘I was talking about the country. I wasn’t talking about me. I was talking about the country.’”

“I’d never felt so stupid in my life,” he said. “It’s like my GED flared up.” Luckily, according to Rock, finding Charles Barkley made him feel much better.

Watch the full clip below.

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