Former first lady Michelle Obama told ABC News that she just couldn’t smile as she watched President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
In a “Good Morning America” interview that aired Sunday, Obama discussed a myriad of personal and political issues and discussed her new book “Becoming,” where she wonders how American women didn’t select “an exceptionally qualified female candidate and instead” went with “a misogynist as their president.” (RELATED: Michelle Obama Rejects Holder’s, Hillary’s Comments About Civility)
As Fox News reports, Obama had a difficult time accepting the results of the 2016 presidential election, writing in her book that “the vibrant diversity of the two previous inaugurations was gone.” (RELATED: Michelle Obama: All Men All White GOP Makes People Distrust Politics)
Someone from Barack’s administration might have said that the optics were bad—that what the public saw didn’t reflect the president’s reality or ideals. But in this case, maybe it did. Realizing it, I made my own optic adjustment. I stopped even trying to smile.
Obama reportedly cites the “birther” movement as a veneer for racist objection to her husband Barack Obama’s presidency.
“The whole thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed,” reads an excerpt, according to the report. “But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.”
In the interview, Obama also discussed her miscarriage, when she says she felt “lost and alone,” and her marriage, which she says has been assisted by professional counseling.
She told ABC that people need to vote.
“I implored people to focus and to think about what it takes to be Commander In Chief,” Obama said. “It’s amazing to me that we still have to tell people about the importance of voting. You know, that almost every two years, we’re having this conversation to get people to the polls. And in the end, that’s how our democracy works.”
Apparently, the book also suggests that Trump endangered the Obama family.
“What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls?” the memoir reportedly reads. “Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”
Trump had little to say about Obama’s musings, telling reporters on Friday, “Oh, I guess she wrote a book. She got paid a lot of money to write a book and they always insist you come up with controversial.”