You know Michelle “Go High” Obama has Seen. Some. Shit. Tragically for us, she’s not a petty bitch like me and and that other one, so Michelle kept things professional in her memoir Becoming, which debuts today. Michelle sat down with Oprah Winfrey for Elle Magazine to discuss her book and life after The White House. In the interview, she touched on her working class upbringing, the sacrifices her parents made, her marriage to Barack Obama, and how she’ll never forgive Donald Trump and his birtherism for putting her family at risk.
Now, I love a good celebrity memoir but this one sounds a little dry. Sure Michelle is smart, thoughtful, and carefully candid – but she doesn’t tell us what we really want to know, which is how big? What we do learn about Barack is that he’s a “swerver”, which sounds exciting, but it’s not what you think. Michelle said she was a “box checker” who didn’t feel comfortable taking big risks.
Get good grades: check. Apply to the best schools, get into Princeton: check. Get there, what’s your major? Uh, something that’s going to get me good grades so I can get into law school, I guess? Check. Get through law school: check. I wasn’t a swerver.
This was due in part to her upbringing as Michelle felt she had to strive towards conventional success because of the sacrifices her parents made to make it possible. But when she tried to tell her mom she wasn’t fulfilled in her job as lawyer, her mom told her “Make the money, worry about being happy later”.
When she said that, I thought, Wow, where did I come from, with all my luxury and wanting my passion? The luxury to even be able to decide—when she didn’t get to go back to work and start finding herself until after she got us into high school. So, yes. It was hard. And then I met this guy Barack Obama. He was the opposite of a box checker. He was swerving all over the place.
Michelle went on to say “Barack Obama taught me how to swerve”. Oh did he now!?
Of Trump, Michelle was a little more careful how she phrased things. In her book she writes of Donald’s insistence that Barack was born in Kenya:
“Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this, I’d never forgive him.”
Oprah asked why Michelle thought it was important to say that “at this time”. Michelle was super careful in her response. She said it was because Trump doesn’t know how dangerous his rhetoric is.
Because I don’t think he knew what he was doing. For him it was a game. But the threats that you face as the commander in chief are real. And your children are at risk.
I want the country to take this in, in a way I didn’t say out loud, but I am saying now. It was reckless, it put my family in danger, and it wasn’t true. And he knew it wasn’t true.
There she is! Michelle later made up for her political politeness by calling Trump a coward, but making it fashion. When asked if she was optimistic for the future, Michelle answered:
Yes. We have to feel that optimism. For the kids. We’re setting the table for them, and we can’t hand them crap. We have to hand them hope. Progress isn’t made through fear. We’re experiencing that right now. Fear is the coward’s way of leadership.
Oprah then asked “You feel optimistic about this country?“.
To which she answered:
[Tears up] We have to be.
*wiping a stray tear from my eye* she could have at least told us over or under 7 inches.