Michelle Obama says she “Stopped Trying to Smile” During Trump Inauguration
Former First Lady Michelle Obama reveals in her new memoir, “Becoming,” that she “stopped trying to smile” during Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Recalling Inauguration Day in January of 2017, she writes, “the vibrant diversity of the two previous inaugurations was gone…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 also discusses how she felt on election night, saying she wanted to “block it all out and go to sleep,” and questions why so many women would vote for a “misogynist” for president.
“I will always wonder about what led so many women, in particular, to reject an exceptionally qualified female candidate and instead choose a misogynist as their president,” she writes.
Obama also describes how she feels about Trump and the “birther” movement, claiming he put her family in danger and she could never forgive him.
“I feared the reaction. What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this, I’d never forgive him.”
President Trump was asked about Mrs. Obama’s comments on Friday and told journalists he’d “never forgive” President Obama for improperly funding the U.S. military.
“I’ll give you a little controversy…I’ll never forgive him for what he did to our United States military by not funding it properly, it was depleted. Everything was old and tired and I came in and I had to fix it,” said the president.
— The Hill (@thehill) November 12, 2018