Former first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama has revealed what she was thinking after Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration in January 2017.
The former first lady was a guest on Jimmy Fallon’s ‘The Tonight Show’ on Tuesday, December 18. During the show, Fallon asked Mrs Obama what she was thinking as she boarded Air Force One with her husband, Barack Obama, following the inauguration.
Michelle Obama immediately replied:
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Michelle’s reply was met with rapturous applause and cheers from the audience and a drum roll from the talk show’s resident band The Roots.
Michelle Obama added:
A lot was going on that day. That was a day.
While discussing her book Becoming with Fallon, Mrs Obama also spoke about the fact that she and her husband had previously been through marriage counselling. She explained that all marriages require dedication and commitment, regardless of how happy they may seem from the outside.
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Michelle Obama said she had initially decided to take her husband to marriage counselling in order to iron out his shortcomings, as opposed to seeking guidance for their marriage together. But, she soon realised that both of them had a responsibility to work on their relationship.
The mother-of-two said:
I was one of those wives who thought, ‘I’m taking you to marriage counselling so you can be fixed, Barack Obama.’ Because I was like, ‘I’m perfect.’ I was like, ‘Dr X. please fix him.’
And then our counsellor looked over at me. I was like, ‘What are you looking at? I’m perfect.’
Marriage counselling was a turning point for me understanding that it wasn’t up to my husband to make me happy.
That I had to learn how to fill myself up and have to put myself higher on my priority list.
In November, Michelle Obama movingly described breaking down in tears when she left President Donald Trump’s inauguration, in what was her first real emotional release after eight years as first lady.
Sitting alongside Oprah Winfrey during the first stop of her sold-out ‘Becoming’ tour on Tuesday evening in her home city of Chicago, Michelle Obama recounted the day her family moved out of the White House and President Donald Trump moved in.
‘When I got on the plane, I sobbed for 30 minutes,’ she said of Inauguration Day 2017.
However, she said those tears had nothing to do with her husband’s predecessor, Donald Trump.
‘I think it was just the release of eight years trying to do everything perfectly,’ she explained. ‘I said to Barack: “That was so hard, what we just did. That was so hard.”‘
In her memoir ‘Becoming‘, released Tuesday, Michelle Obama wrote that she gave up on trying to smile during Trump’s inauguration – which is evidenced be a number of photos from the day where she appears especially forlorn.
‘Someone from Barack’s administration might have said that the optics there were bad, that what the public saw didn’t reflect the President’s reality or ideals, but in this case, maybe it did,’ she wrote.
‘Realizing it, I made my own optic adjustment. I stopped even trying to smile.’
Michelle Obama steered clear of any direct Trump criticisms during the first night of her tour, focusing instead on stories from that were left out of the book.
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