“You’ll be aight” aren’t the exact words Michelle Obama probably expected to hear when she discussed the future of the country with Chris Rock. But, as the comic joked to Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show, “I’m not really supposed to be alone with Michelle Obama. That’s not really my lane. I don’t know how to talk politics.”
Rock amused Fallon with tales from the Obamas’ exit party at the White House and he recalled chatting it up with the then-First Lady. “Michelle Obama’s like, ‘I don’t know what we’re gonna do. The country.’ You know, we’re talking about the election and stuff,” the comedian 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.’”
Rock’s next piece of advice didn’t land, either. “‘You know, you’ll get any kind of job you want. I mean, The View, The Housewives of Atlanta.’ … And 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. It’s like my GED flared up,” he joked. As Obama jetted off to talk with Oprah Winfrey, Rock needed “some people as dumb as” him. “Then I see Charles Barkley,” Rock said.
Listen to more of Rock’s time at the White House in the clip above.