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    #1

    make it look so easy

    What does the following in red mean in the context?

    "I can't go anywhere!" she (Michelle Obama) says, laughing, before telling the story of the time she successfully slipped out, incognito, to Target. "A woman actually walked up to me, right? I was in the detergent aisle, and she said, I kid you not, 'Excuse me, but I just have to ask you something. Can you reach up on that shelf and hand me that detergent?' And so I handed it to her, and the only thing she said was, 'Well, you didn't have to make it look so easy.'"

    Is it saying that Michelle Obama was so tall that she could reach up the detergent so easily, so the woman who was short got somewhat jealous of Obama?

    Thank you.

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    Re: make it look so easy

    Yes. Mrs. Obama didn't need to stretch or strain to reach the high shelf, so the shorter woman was indirectly commenting on her short stature versus Mrs. Obama's height (in a humorous fashion).

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    Re: make it look so easy

    (The point of the story is that the only thing this woman noticed was that she was tall, not that she was the first lady.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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