She’s showing them how it’s done.
Twitter has reacted to HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge’s “classic Black auntie” moment in the White House press room, and it’s hilarious.
Former Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge recently made history as the first Black woman to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 40 years. A veteran in the political arena, Fudge got her start in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office before becoming Mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Since 2008, she has served as representative of Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, serving on several committees including, the House Administration, Agriculture, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Education and Labor committees.
This week, Fudge hosted her first press conference, walking casually into the White House press room, greeting attendees with a friendly “Good Afternoon.”
As she began to speak, she quickly realized her greeting was met with silence. She promptly closed her binder, put her finger to her ear to signify she hadn’t heard a response, and repeated “Good Afternoon” to the crowd of press attendees.
Some nervous laughter and a quick adjustment in energy lightened the room, with attendees promptly responding, “Good Afternoon.”
“Oh, thank you…I was wondering if I was in this room by myself,” Fudge responded.
It was a “classic Black auntie” moment that resonated with Black women everywhere. Twitter user @dilemmv tweeted footage from the moment captioned, “She got the press TOGETHER in less than 12 seconds! That’s Black auntie energy,” and the internet hasn’t been the same since.
That’s black auntie energy. pic.twitter.com/O521MBIRCgadvertisement
— delonté. (@dilemmv) March 18, 2021
Read below for more hysterical responses to Fudge’s press conference moment.
“Now I KNOW I just greeted these people…” pic.twitter.com/rQ8ODzZJjt
— 81 freckles (@msjoven) March 19, 2021advertisement
She’s chuckling but we all know she’s four five seconds from wildin.
— Verneisha (@vernnzzz) March 19, 2021advertisement
Man if that wasn’t my grandmother. The next question would have been did I sleep with you? If not, then a greeting is required.
— abbysee Clinton, Obama, Harris, Biden Democrat (@abbysee) March 19, 2021advertisement
My Soror, US Secretary of HUD Marcia Fudge is giving out free courtesy lessons pic.twitter.com/RlvCVHlkRBadvertisement
— Shevaun Bryan (@finessebryan) March 19, 2021
Somebody said she walked up like she was finna read the church ‘nouncements and I am HOWLING!!advertisement
I love Sista Secretary Marcia Fudge yall! One of my favorite Redz https://t.co/8ThQAyAB7i
— Drew Comments (@sjs856) March 19, 2021
If “speak when you’re spoken to” were a person…
US Secretary of HUD Marcia Fudge ain’t playing games, y’all.advertisement
— Aaron Thomas (@WRALAaron) March 19, 2021
to Secretary Marcia Fudge and
to Secretary Marcia Fudge ONLY.
The congregation gonna learn today. ☀️pic.twitter.com/FjVkK9fPGaadvertisement
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) March 19, 2021
Our sis said “Aht Aht” Good Afternoon yall! Say it back! May all of you queens gather the room with the same energy of Rep. Marcia Fudge. We love to see it! pic.twitter.com/kW2fk0Wp5radvertisement
— blkwomenshealth (@blkwomenshealth) March 19, 2021
I’m ngl I’ve watched that Marcia Fudge video every single time it’s popped up on my TL #GoodAfternoon
— Camille Hayes (@KeepRealCamille) March 19, 2021
LOL. We can’t get enough! Thank you, Ms. Fudge. They are gon’ learn today!
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