Former first lady Michelle Obama thinks America is like a broken family, and the presidency of Donald Trump is like living with a “divorced dad.”
Michelle O was promoting her new autobiography on Sunday when she sat down with comedian Steven Colbert for a staged interview at London’s O2 Arena in which she discussed the “dark chapter” of American politics since her husband left office in 2017.
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“We come from a broken family, we are a little unsettled,” Obama said of America in 2019. “Sometimes you spend the weekend with divorced dad. That feels like fun but then you get sick. That is what America is going through. We are living with divorced dad.”
Obama explained she shy away from attacking Trump in her new book, which details her life from her upbringing in Chicago through her time as first lady. In London, she also discussed her family’s transition to the White House, Barack Obama’s eight years as president, and her struggles to come to terms with the new political reality in the years since.
Just watching the news, she said, can be overwhelming, according to the Independent.
“When I am not emotionally able to deal with it I turn it off for a moment,” she said. “I only let some of that stuff into my world when I’m ready. You can’t have a steady diet of fear and frustration coming in.”
“For anyone who had any problems with Barack Obama, let’s just think about what we were troubled by. There were never any indictments,” Michelle Obama told the crowd of about 15,000.
“He wore a tan suit once,” Colbert added.
The two did not discuss the numerous controversies that plagued Obama’s presidency, from his administration’s inept response to the BP oil spill, to the failed launch of ObamaCare, to the collapse of government subsidized Solyndra solar company, to skyrocketing illegal immigration, to Fast and Furious government gun smuggling and the Benghazi scandal.
Regardless, Michelle Obama seems to think that Trump’s America is a “dark chapter” that should serve as a worldwide awakening to vote in more progressive politicians like her husband, The Guardian reports.
“It’s a time for us to roll up our sleeves and if we are not happy with the state of things then, in democracies, we have votes. We have to pay attention and we have to be engaged and we can’t take our rights and liberties for granted. Because if we don’t vote, somebody will,” she said.
Hope and change is still alive, Michelle O promised, and Trump’s time in office is only “one of many chapters” in U.S. history.
“I have to remind people that Barack Obama was elected twice in the United States. That really did happen,” she said “That wasn’t make-believe. The country actually did accomplish it and half the people who voted in the last election, if they could have, they would have voted for him for a third term.
“We have to remember that what is happening today is true, but what happened before was also true … that should give us some solace at some level.”
Also, America’s been through worse, though Trump’s America is certainly a “dark chapter,” she said.
“It may feel like a dark chapter but any story has its highs and lows, but it continues. Yeah, we’re in a low, but we’ve been lower,” the former first lady lectured. “We’ve had tougher times with more to fear. We’ve lived through slavery and the Holocaust and segregation and we’ve always come out on the other end, better and stronger.”