As Michelle Obama continues on her book tour for Becoming, she’s demonstrated she’s not afraid to throw a few punches at the guy who moved into the White House after she and husband Barack Obama left.
As reported by the Independent, the former U.S. first lady was interviewed in London by “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert, telling him that even those who didn’t agree with the way her husband ran the country can agree on one indisputable fact: his administration was not riddled with criminal indictments.
“For anyone who had any problems with Barack Obama, let’s just think about what we were troubled by,” she told Colbert. “There were never any indictments.”
During the conversation, Obama, 55, compared America at the moment to a “broken family,” and President Donald Trump to a “divorced dad.”
“We come from a broken family, we are a little unsettled,” Obama said, according to the Independent. “Sometimes you spend the weekend with divorced dad. That feels like fun but then you get sick. That is what America is going through. We are living with divorced dad.”
Obama took another thinly veiled swipe at Trump when she discussed the revelatory powers of the Oval Office.
“We were always ourselves — the presidency does not change who you are, it reveals who you are,” she added. “It is like swimming in the ocean with great waves. If you are not a great swimmer, you are not going to learn in the middle of a tidal wave. You are going to resort to your kicking and drowning and what you knew how to do in the pool.”
A pair of CNN personalities took umbrage with Obama’s “divorced dad” remark. CNN anchor Dana Bash called Obama’s statement “remarkably unwoke,” and CNN reporter Kate Bennett said it “was a really big misstep on her part.” The network ran a social media roundup with negative reactions from disgruntled divorced dads.
Despite the discord and division that characterizes the U.S. right now, Obama says she’s hopeful for the future of America.
“This may feel like a dark chapter but any story has its highs and lows, but it continues. Yes, we are in a low but we have been lower. We have had tougher times, we have had more to fear. We have lived through slavery, the Holocaust and segregation,” she continued. “We have always come out at the other end — better and stronger. We are moving in a direction of diversity and inclusion. No one ever said it would be easy. We are just in the throes of the uneasy path of change.”