Michelle Obama on 2017 inauguration: 'Bye, Felicia'

Michelle Obama reveals what was going through her mind as she left the White House on President Trump's inauguration day.

Posted: Dec 19, 2018 6:44 AM
Updated: Dec 19, 2018 8:00 AM


Former first lady Michelle Obama said that as she bid farewell to the White House after President Donald Trump's inauguration in 2017, one thought was clear: 'Bye, Felicia!'

Obama's remark -- a phrase borrowed from Ice Cube's 1995 film 'Friday' that is used to smugly dismiss a person or situation -- came during an interview with NBC's Jimmy Fallon on 'The Tonight Show' late Tuesday. As Fallon showed the former first lady a photo of her and former President Barack Obama waving just before departing on the president's plane, he asked her to 'walk me through' what was going through her mind in that moment.

'Bye, Felicia!' Obama quipped, causing both Fallon and the audience to burst into laughter. The show's band, 'The Roots,' sounded off a rimshot.

'Is that what was going through your mind?' Fallon asked

'A lot was going on that day,' Obama replied. 'That was a day.'

For Obama, this wasn't the first time she publicly used the phrase to describe her feelings that day. In November, she told Oprah during an event for her memoir 'Becoming' that she felt like saying it, according to People magazine.

In the nearly two years since leaving the White House, the former first lady has revealed other tidbits about her mood that day in January 2017, including that she 'stopped even trying to smile' during Trump's inauguration.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 30995

Reported Deaths: 529
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah6853133
Marion446690
Washington431558
Umatilla291641
Clackamas227361
Malheur153923
Jackson10574
Lane99115
Deschutes77712
Yamhill73814
Jefferson5138
Polk50315
Morrow4906
Lincoln47313
Linn46813
Union4352
Benton2806
Klamath2752
Hood River2450
Wasco2443
Douglas2113
Josephine1862
Columbia1531
Coos1420
Clatsop1210
Baker902
Crook601
Tillamook490
Curry300
Lake280
Wallowa281
Sherman180
Harney120
Gilliam80
Grant80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Broken Clouds
69° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 69°
Corvallis
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 67°
Roseburg
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 72°
North Bend
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 62°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events