In an interview with BBC Breakfast last week, Michelle Obama said she struggles with negative thoughts about her appearance and admitted Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory “still hurts.”
The former First Lady opened up in a discussion about her new memoir, The Light We Carry.
Mrs. Obama said she was terrified when her husband Barack said he wanted to run for president and “could have altered the course of history” if she didn’t overcome those fears.
When analyzing whether it was worth it in the end, she noted that more and more people “feel like they don’t matter on this planet”, and that it “still hurts” that Trump took over after Obama’s last term.
“Did we make a dent? Did it matter? And when I’m in my darkest moment, my most irrational place, I could say, well, maybe not,” Obama said. “Maybe we weren’t good enough.”
In the end, however, Michelle believes the Obamas’ legacy is that “a whole world of young people” are “thinking differently about themselves because of the work that we’ve done.”
— The Hill (@thehill) November 15, 2022
Michelle Obama Hurt by Trump’s Victory
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In an audio clip of her reading from her memoir, Michelle Obama expands on the hurt she felt when Donald Trump won in 2016.
“It felt like something more, something much uglier than a simple political defeat,” she claimed, seemingly hinting that Trump’s support came from a racial aspect.
“It shook me profoundly to hear the man who’d replace my husband as president openly and unapologetically using ethnic slurs, making selfishness and hate somehow acceptable,” Mrs. Obama said.
Michelle Obama: Trump winning in ’16 “felt like something much uglier than a simple political defeat.” https://t.co/N6zxKAZ9xM
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) November 15, 2022
The perpetually bitter former First Lady also claimed she and her husband made it as far as they had “despite, and maybe even in defiance of, the bigotry and bias so deeply embedded in American life.”
Michelle and Barack Obama overcame all those racist people in 2008 and 2012, you see, but the country became racist again in 2016 when Trump came along.
The ‘bigotry and bias’ are more embedded in the residents of the Obama household than it is in the lives of most Americans.
“The nature of change is a slog, it is a marathon and it will never feel enough, but in the meantime. I urge young people to do is be rageful, and own it, but have a plan.”
— NPR (@NPR) November 15, 2022
Struggles With Her Appearance
A good portion of her memoir and a focus of the BBC interview is regarding Michelle Obama’s struggle with confidence when it comes to her personal appearance.
In the book, Mrs. Obama writes that she “hates how I look all the time and no matter what.”
BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty was stunned at such a notion coming from a “powerhouse” of a woman.
“You are seen as this confident woman, this established woman, this smart woman … If you’re feeling like this, what hope do the rest of us have?” Munchetty asked.
Yes, what hope do the peasants have when the confidence is drained from the radiant and beautiful Michelle Obama?
“I’m still a work in progress and facing myself each morning with something kind is still a challenge,” Obama says, noting that “We all have those thoughts, those negative thoughts that we’ve lived with for years, especially as women and as women of color.”
Everything is about race.
In Michelle Obama’s new book, “The Light We Carry,” the former first lady shares coping strategies for surviving stress and uncertainty.
“Through her stories, experiences and thoughts, we’re finding the light with her,” our critic writes. “Lucky us.”https://t.co/PBi7lh2EiO
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 15, 2022
Michelle and Barack Obama had their official portraits revealed at the White House in September, prompting the former President to make what Mrs. Obama would call “spicy” comments.
Former Pres. Barack Obama shares his love for Michelle: ‘I want to thank [the artist] for capturing everything I love about Michelle. Her grace, her intelligence — and the fact that she is fine’ pic.twitter.com/rgHXVfGHKw
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 7, 2022
“I want to thank Sharon Sprung (the artist) for capturing everything I love about Michelle — her grace, her intelligence, and the fact that she is fine,” Mr. Obama said.
After being interrupted by laughter and applause the former President added, “I’m just saying. She is. Her portrait is stunning.”
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