Since the unprecedented election in 2016, Donald J. Trump has lived rent-free within the minds of Democratic leadership, sore losers, and the wife of the man who quite possibly prompted him to run for office, Michelle Obama. Succeeding the historic first black American president, Trump would attempt to undo eight years of his work with the swipe of a pen. One person – other than Hillary Clinton, of course – seems to be wallowing in the memories of the bygone Trump era and beyond: Michelle Obama.
The former first lady is now a podcaster, promoting her latest tome of incidental and passing observations on how good people should live, breathe, and think. The book is entitled, The Light We Carry and was released last November. But alas, it would appear that people were reading romance, sci-fi, and murder mysteries and steering clear of the memoirs available.
Perhaps the need to vent unrepressed feelings about The Donald is the reason for the podcast, The Light.
Reliving the Sobbing Years
During this past week, Obama retold the story of her unmanageable emotions on the final presidential flight: “When those doors shut, I cried for 30 minutes straight, uncontrollable sobbing, because that’s how much we were holding it together for eight years.”
Well, it should be said that leading the United States is a demanding job. What could have possibly transpired in eight years? After all, her husband was adored by the press and Michelle became a fashion icon, gracing the cover of every magazine besides Mad. Why the boohooing?
A little further into the podcast, she reminds listeners of how different – nay dangerous – the world had become and compares herself to the audience: “After the inauguration – and we know whose inauguration we were at – that day was so emotional on so many different reasons. We were leaving the home we had been in for eight years, the only home our kids really knew.” Did she not get the memo that one only gets a maximum of eight years in the People’s House?
So, there’s that, but also another dig at Trump not being surrounded by black family and friends. This makes sense: he is married to a Caucasian and has Caucasian children and grandchildren.
“There were tears, there was that emotion. But then to sit on that stage and watch the opposite of what we represented on display — there was no diversity, there was no color on that stage, there was no reflection of the broader sense of America.”
Did Michelle Obama Appreciate her Position?
While the uplifting Mrs. Obama tells other women and girls to be themselves, to embrace style and substance simply, there is a palpable disconnect: It would seem she was faking it before she had entirely made it in her mind. No one had walked in her stilettos, and likely, no one could. Michelle Obama was a different breed of first lady.
Seldom did she feel pride in the country for which she was, in a sense, the matriarch. Instead, she often pointed out that enslaved people built the White House, as she did at a Democratic National Convention, “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.” But she conveniently left out that “The slaves joined a workforce that included local white laborers and artisans from Maryland and Virginia, as well as immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, and other European nations,” as the White House Historical Association observes.
After her time in the Swamp, Michelle reemerged with book tours and late-night talk shows to indulge the Obama fans with another tidbit or two of their life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But what seems to be missing is the honor one should have felt being the First Lady of the US. Alas, it seems she just can’t pull it off. Speaking to Jimmy Fallon in 2018, she said, “A lot was going on that day.” But as she bid farewell to the White House, one thought was clear: “Bye, Felicia!” Let it go, Michelle, and leave the past in the past. The good old days of living on the taxpayer dime – along with the dark days, as you see them, of Trump’s presidency – are history.
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