Michelle Obama says she will ‘never forgive’ him for birther claims
Michelle Obama says she will ‘never forgive’ Trump for Barack birther claims and reveals she ‘feared for her daughters’ lives and recoiled with shock when he won
- Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, is released next week – with the book set to launch a series of attacks on Donald Trump
- The former first lady will say that she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to ‘block it all out’
- She also blasts Trump’s ‘birther’ campaign questioning her husband’s citizenship, calling it bigoted and dangerous
- Her body ‘buzzed with fury’ from Trump’s ‘p***y’ tape comments about women and say they meant: ‘I can hurt you and get away with it’
- And she will accuse him of trying to ‘stalk’ Hillary Clinton on stage during their presidential debate
- Obama said the book describes her life from ‘being held up as a the most powerful woman in the world’ to being ‘taken down as an ‘angry black woman’
- She said she could relate to 19th century African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth, author of the speech ‘Ain’t I Woman?’
- She said she felt bullied and ‘banged up’ during her husband’s 2008 campaign
Former first lady Michelle Obama blasts President Donald Trump in her new book, recalling how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to ‘block it all out’.
In her memoir ‘Becoming,’ set to come out Tuesday, Michelle Obama denounces the president for bragging in 2005 about ‘grabbing’ women ‘by the p***y’.
Obama not only voices disdain for Trump but also talks about her marriage and IVF, Hillary Clinton, race and how she .
Obama remembers how her body ‘buzzed with fury’ after seeing the infamous Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump brags about sexually assaulting women.
She wrote, ‘It was an expression of hatred that had generally been kept out of polite company, but still lived in the marrow of our supposedly enlightened society — alive and accepted enough that someone like Donald Trump could afford to be cavalier about it.’
Of Trump’s election she wrote how she tried ‘to block it all out’.
She also blasts Trump’s ‘birther’ campaign questioning her husband’s citizenship, calling it bigoted and dangerous, ‘deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks’.
She wrote: “The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.
“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.”
Obama she accuses Trump of using body language to ‘stalk’ his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, during an election debate. She says Trump followed Clinton around the stage, stood too close and tried to diminish her presence.
Trump’s message, according to Obama, in words which appear in the book in darkened print: ‘I can hurt you and get away with it.’
Obama writes that she assumed Trump was ‘grandstanding’ when he announced his presidential run in 2015. She expresses disbelief over how so many women would choose a ‘misogynist’ over Hillary Clinton, ‘an exceptionally qualified female candidate’.
In shock: Michelle Obama says in her new memoir that she tried to ‘block it all out’ when she learned her husband would be succeeded by Donald Trump. She and Barack Obama first met the Trumps in November 2016 after his election victory and again on his inauguration
Notorious: The 2005 ‘p***y’ tape saw Trump brag to then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush: ‘When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.’
Obama writes openly about everything from growing up in Chicago to confronting racism in public life to her amazement at becoming the country’s first black first lady.
She said she could relate more to 19th century African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth than sixth president John Quincy Adams who had campaigned to ban slavery.
Sojourner Truth, a former slave, famously penned the speech ‘Ain’t I A Woman? in 1851 where she challenged the notions at that time of gender and racial inequality.
She wrote, ‘I carried a history with me, and it wasn’t that of presidents or first ladies. I’d never related to the story of John Quincy Adams the way I did to that of Sojourner Truth.’
In 2012 when she campaigned with her husband for his reelection, she said she felt “haunted” how people had made assumptions about her because of the color of her skin.
Obama said the book describes her life from ‘being held up as a the most powerful woman in the world’ to being ‘taken down as an ‘angry black woman’.
She wrote, ‘I was female, black and strong, which to certain people . . . translated only to ‘angry.’ It was another damaging cliche, one that’s been forever used to sweep minority women to the perimeter of every room . . . I was now starting to actually feel a bit angry, which then made me feel worse, as if I were fulfilling some prophecy laid out for me by the haters.”
The attack on Trump comes after her husband used the campaign trail to criticize his successor in a way not seen by a former president in post-war politics.
He addressed a string of rallies and condemned Trump’s tone and policies.
The only known meetings between Trump and Michelle Obama were just after the election and on the day the Obamas left the White House and welcomed Donald and Melania Trump to it before he was sworn in as the 46th president.
She first met Trump at the White House when he and Melania went there just after his election win in November 2016, but the meeting appears to have been brief.
Michelle had tea with Melania Trump and the two discussed raising children at the White House, with the then-First Lady giving her successor a tour of the East Wing.
The book is set to be a publishing phenomenon and was part of a joint deal with her husband which earned them a reputed $65 million advance. His memoirs are due out next year.
‘Stalking’: Michelle Obama says that Donald Trump was trying to use body language to intimidate Hillary Clinton at the second of their presidentila debates
ON ELECTIONS (AND NOT RUNNING HERSELF)
Obama described feeling bullied during her husband’s 2008 campaign. She wrote, ‘If I’d learned anything from the ugliness of the campaign, from the myriad of ways people had sought to write me off as angry or unbecoming, it was that public judgment sweeps in to fill any void. . . . I knew that I would never allow myself to get that banged up again.”
ON HER HUSBAND:
She also reflects on early struggles in her marriage to Barack Obama as he began his political career and was often away.
She writes that they met with a counselor ‘a handful of times,’ and she came to realize that she was more ‘in charge’ of her happiness than she had realized. ‘This was my pivot point,’ Obama explains. ‘My moment of self-arrest.’
She writes lovingly of her family and gives a detailed account of her courtship with her future husband, whom she met when both were at the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin LLP; she was initially his adviser. Secretaries claimed he was both brilliant and ‘cute,’ although Michelle Obama was skeptical, writing that white people went ‘bonkers’ any time you ‘put a suit’ on a ‘half-intelligent black man.’ She also thought his picture had a ‘whiff of geekiness.’
But she was more than impressed after meeting him, by his ‘rich, even sexy baritone’ and by his ‘strange, stirring combination’ of serenity and power. ‘This strange mix-of-everything-man,’ when she finally let him kiss her, set off a ‘toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfillment, wonder.’
ON HER INFLUENCE IN WHITE HOUSE POLICY:
Obama wrote she was keen not to be accused of foisting her own policies on her husband. Family dinners were spent talking with their daughters about middle school rather than world issues.
Obama said the only time her husband invited her into the Oval Office was during the
The rollout of the book will see a prime time special on ABC this weekend which will include a pit stop at her childhood home.
Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts revealed on-air last week that she had been in Chicago with Obama the previous day, filming for the special, ‘Becoming Michelle: A First Lady’s Journey with Robin Roberts,’ which is scheduled to air November 11 on ABC.
Robins said that while they were in the Windy City Thursday, they stopped at Obama’s childhood home on the South Side of Chicago.
In a short clip, the pair can be seen standing outside the South Euclid Avenue home that Obama, her older brother Craig, and her parents lived in while she was growing up.
The family lived in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment that didn’t have air conditioning at the time, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Online real estate sites have it valued between $140,000 and $150,000.
Robins also said that she and Obama stopped at Obama’s high school to surprise some of the students there with free tickets to her book tour, noting that Obama will be donating 10 per cent of her book tour ticket sales to local and community organizations and schools.
The ABC special is part of the promotion for Obama’s memoir, Becoming, which hits bookshelves on November 13.
That day, Roberts will return to Chicago for a live GMA interview with Obama.
Then, that night, Obama will be joined by Oprah Winfrey at Chicago’s United Center for the kickoff event in the former First Lady’s book tour. Obama will spend about five weeks touring the country, speaking to fans at major venues including Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Denver’s Pepsi Center and Dallas’ American Airlines Center.
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Michelle Obama (left) showed Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts her childhood home in the South Side of Chicago on Thursday
Roberts (left) and Obama are seen here on the sidewalk in front of Obama’s childhood home
An undated picture showing Obama’s parents, Fraser Robinson III and Marian Robinson. Obama’s older brother, Craig, is on Fraser’s lap, while Marian holds a baby Obama
Throughout the tour, she will be joined by special guests including Reese Witherspoon, Valerie Jarrett, Tracee Ellis Ross and Sarah Jessica Parker.
A press release about the book tour said that fans will hear ‘Mrs. Obama’s honest reflections on the experiences and events, both public and private, that have shaped her, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her years spent at the most famous address in the world.’
In London, tickets for her sole UK appearance went on sale Thursday and sold out almost instantly with 80,000 people stuck in an electornic line.
Re-sellers advertised them for as much as $91,500 (£70,000), prompting the venue, the Southbank Centre, to say that any tickets sold on resale sites would not be honored
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