POLITICS 12/04/2018 09:39 am ET “Let alone a black president named Barack Hussein Obama," the former first lady added. By Lee Moran Former first lady Michelle Obama admitted again Monday that she never believed her husband, Barack Obama, would win the 2008 presidential election. “I didn’t believe America was ready for a black president,” she told a sold-out crowd at the London Royal Festival Hall stop of her Becoming book tour. “Let alone a black president named Barack Hussein Obama.” Obama repeated the claim she made in her best-seller, which was released last month, saying that she only went along with her spouse’s campaign because “deep down, I was like: ‘There’s no way he’s going to win.’” “And we can just sort of get this out of the way and I can be that supportive wife going, ‘Aw honey, you tried.’ OK, now let’s go back to our lives as usual,” she … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama: I Didn’t Believe America Was Ready For A Black President
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Michelle Obama is opening up about what it was like for her family to leave the White House after the election of President Trump. Her memoir, "Becoming," released Tuesday, already sits on top of best-seller lists. In it, the former first lady details her unlikely path from growing up in a small apartment in Chicago's South Side to living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In a wide-ranging conversation, "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King spoke to Obama in Chicago about the current state of American politics, overcoming self-doubt, and couples' therapy with Barack Obama. In their first national TV interview together, King also spoke with Obama with her mother, Marian Robinson, about life inside the White House. Michelle Obama: Trump won "because a lot of people came to the polls and a lot of people didn't" Michelle Obama: "Vindication in the moment is so short term" Expecting "brilliance" when she got to Princeton – she was underwhelmed Michelle Obama's mom wants … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama interview with Gayle King – full transcript
POLITICS 11/05/2018 04:33 pm ET "Going high isn’t just about the fight you want to win, but it’s also about the person you want to be," the former first lady said. By Ryan Grenoble “When they go low,” Michelle Obama famously said in a rousing July 2016 speech amid a brutal election cycle, “We go high.” Donald Trump would go on to win the White House, thanks in no small part to those “low” tactics, which have since become a fixture of his administration. Now, going on two years later, would the former first lady like to amend her remarks? Not really. Except to note that “going high” doesn’t mean backing down from what you believe in. Obama expanded on the thought in an interview with Blavity, a media website centered around black millennials, encouraging readers ― and politicians ― to not undercut themselves by stooping to Trump’s level: “I absolutely still believe that … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama Has An Update For ‘When They Go Low, We Go High’
Former First Lady Michelle Obama recounted her undergraduate experience at Princeton University to a crowd of students Thursday, calling it an "out of body" experience. "I wouldn't have put myself in the category of Ivy League Schools. I didn't even know what an Ivy League school was, so stepping on campus for the first months or so, it was odd," Obama said. Obama took questions from a crowd of about 45 students at Twitter's Washington, D.C., offices during the fifth annual "Beating the Odds" summit of Reach Higher, the former First Lady's initiative to encourage every student in America to pursue higher education. The summit was the first of a new partnership between Reach Higher and Handshake, a college career network. A first-generation student hailing from the South Side of Chicago, Obama told students that they were "going to be fine" because she had been in their shoes when she joined Princeton University's class of 1985. Moving to the East Coast was a "culture shock" … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama tells first-generation college-bound students, “Don’t do it alone”
"It's necessary that the person who lives with you has a role," said Emmanuel Macron in the run up to his election win. "I hope that a role can be defined and I will ask for some work to be done on this," said the France's new president. Macron was talking about his wife Brigitte - who has been ever-present at his side - and the official status or role he intends her to have as France's premiere dame. The title "first lady" is used in France more and more but in reality the role of 'premier dame' does not currently exist in the French constitution and there is no legal status for it. Macron however has been open about wanting to change that. A French Michelle? That would suggest Brigitte Macron's function could become more like that of a First Lady in the United States, where Donald Trump's wife Melania has her own office, a budget and a team of 12 people, including a chief of staff. This has led to suggestions Mrs Macron could model herself on a certain popular former … [Read more...] about France’s ‘first lady’: Does Brigitte Macron want to be the French Michelle Obama?