Michelle Obama On Her Time In The White House: ‘We Couldn’t Afford To Make A Mistake’

Michelle Obama sees a stark contrast between what was expected of Barack Obama and what is expected of Donald Trump.

The former First Lady stopped by Global‘s “The Late Show” on Friday. Obama, 57, expressed how she and her husband were held to a different standard as the U.S.’s first-ever black First Lady and President.

“When you’re the first of anything the bar feels higher. You don’t have room to make mistakes,” she said. “We couldn’t afford to make a mistake… we had to watch our language… Everything we said, we thought how it could be viewed by children… We knew we were the moral compass.”

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Obama was extremely emotional when the Obamas’ two-terms in office were up, but not for the reason you think. “I cried for about 30 minutes. It was the release of eight year of feeling like we had to everything perfectly,” she confessed. “We couldn’t slip, our tone had to be perfect. That was the bar that was set for us.”

“You know my next question,” Colbert said, asking how it felt “to see the next occupant of the Oval Office who seems indifferent to that responsibility?”

“I have been very clear how I felt about that,” she reminded Colbert. “The question we have to ask ourselves is, how does the country feel about it? The country has to ask itself, what do we want, what is the bar we are setting for ourselves? What kind of moral leadership do we demand in the White House?”

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Simply put, “If we vote for one set of behaviour, then that’s obviously what we want until we vote differently.”

In another part of the interview, Obama gets personal when she opens up about how her husband popped the question:

Obama is promoting her new book Becoming Michelle Obama, which was published earlier this month; you can watch the interview in its entirety below:

Tune in to Global’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” weeknights at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, and watch full episodes online here.

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