While speaking at a sold-out Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part of her book tour, Michelle Obama took a swipe at the current president, suggesting his administration had a “new bar” of expectations.
During the interview, conducted by Sarah Jessica Parker, Obama talked about the pressures her husband faced as America’s first black president. “Oftentimes, when you’re the first or the only, the bar shifts a lot right? The bar gets set, you meet it, exceed it, they move the bar, and we’re watching that now,” she said.
The former first lady went on to talk about the current administration, Newsweek reported. “It’s a totally new bar—never seen this bar before, ever,” Obama quipped. “When we were in office, our bar was very different—not getting indicted, and telling the truth,” she said.
Pre-empting the media backlash, Obama joked, “this is going to be reported on— ‘Michelle Obama throwing shade’…[but] these are just facts!”
Obama was promoting her newly published memoir, ‘Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama”. In the book, she holds back from attacking the current administration. However, she wrote that she would “never forgive” Donald Trump for pedaling the birther conspiracy theory and using it to discredit and attack her husband.
In her book she calls the birther conspiracy “mean spirited” and “xenophobia hardly concealed”. She added that it was “also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.” Obama speculated, “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.”
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