Michelle Obama has described how difficult the expectations were to meet during her husband Barack Obama’s time in the White House while taking a sly shot at the “new bar” that is facing the current administration.
The former first lady was speaking at a sold-out event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Wednesday night as part of her “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama” tour to support her already hugely successful memoirs.
Interviewed on stage by actress Sarah Jessica Parker, Obama only briefly mentioned President Donald Trump and the investigations his administration is currently facing while talking about the pressures she and Barack Obama faced after he was elected, becoming 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 right now—the bar’s just swinging, and swinging,” she told the crowd, as reported by the Associated Press.
“It’s a totally new bar—never seen this bar before, ever. But when we were in office, our bar was very different—not getting indicted, and telling the truth,” she quipped.
Later during the talk, the 54-year-old added: “This is going to be reported on—’Michelle Obama throwing shade,'” she said to laughter. “These are just facts!”
Michelle and Barack Obama have not directly attacked Trump as much as other leading political figures since he was voted into the White House. However, the former first lady does describe in her book, Becoming, how she will “never forgive” the current president for helping to fuel the birther conspiracy theory which she said could have had deadly consequences for her family.
“The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed,” she writes in her book.
“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.”
During the “Becoming” talk, Obama said she knew that she would be under constant scrutiny for her outfits during her time as first lady.
“I did know that my clothes were making a statement, I knew that was the case. So we decided why don’t we use this platform to uplift some young new designers who normally wouldn’t get this kind of attention, because you can change their lives, which is one of the reasons why we chose Jason Wu for my inaugural gown.”