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‘I stopped even trying to smile’ during Trump’s inauguration – Michelle Obama

Former U.S first lady Michelle Obama says in her new book that she stopped “even trying to smile” during Presdent Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration.

“Realizing it, I made my own optic adjustment,” she continued. “I stopped even trying to smile, she said on a TV program released Sunday to discuss the turnover from her husband’s administration to Trump’s.

She writes in her book “Becoming” that the celebratory feel during her husband’s two inaugurations was gone when Trump was sworn into office in Jan. 2017.

“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, ” she wrote, according to ABC. “But in this case, maybe it did.”

“I think it’s safe to say that during your husband’s presidency, it was ‘No Drama Obama,’” the TV presenter asked. “What goes through your mind when you read and hear what’s going on with this administration.

“I said what I continue to say — being the commander in chief is a hard job,” Obama said.  “You need to have discipline. You need to read and you need to be knowledgable. You need to know history. You need to be careful with your words.”

“But voters make those decisions and once the voters have spoken, we live with what we live with,” she added.

“The whole thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed,” Obama writes. “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,” she continues.

In the book, she opens up about her marriages and reveals that she suffered a miscarriage 20 years ago.

The Obamas used in vitro fertilization to conceive their two daughters, Malia and Sasha.


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