Beloved former First Lady, Michelle Obama, is coming out with a memoir tomorrow titled Becoming.
The book dives into the various parts of her life that shaped her, starting with growing up on the South Side of Chicago, to balancing work as an executive and motherhood, to being the first African American woman to serve as First Lady of the United States.
Michelle also reveals intimate details about her marriage and her struggles in becoming a mother.
She met with ABC’s Robin Roberts in an exclusive interview to discuss her book and life.
During the interview, the topic of Trump’s inauguration came up after which Michelle read from her book, remembering January 20, 2017.
The passage references the fact that Michelle was not smiling while Trump was sworn in, a detail that America noticed and has been wondering about ever since.
Mrs. Obama once famously stated, “When they go low, we go high”. However, not everyone felt like she put her own phrase into action during the inauguration when she was seen with a grim look on her face.
However, Michelle explained her expression in Becoming.
“The vibrant diversity of the two previous inaugurations was gone….Someone from Barack’s administration might have said that the optics there were bad — that what the public saw didn’t reflect the president’s reality or ideals. But in this case, maybe it did. Realizing it, I made my own optic adjustment: I stopped even trying to smile.”
Her passage touches on the fact that the people attending the most recent inauguration lacked the “vibrant diversity” that her husband’s previous two had. As she looked around herself, she realized that it was not a case of bad optics, but a tell-tale sign of Trump’s America.
Michelle had once said:
“I will always wonder about what led so many, women in particular, to reject an exceptionally qualified female candidate and instead choose a misogynist as their president.”
It was that exact feeling that wiped any sort of smile from her face as she stood next to her husband on January 20, 2017.
Americans everywhere are thanking their former First Lady for her honesty.
Being true to oneself is priceless. I love her for that.
— Jacqueline L Kelly (@JacquelineLKel1) November 12, 2018
— Truth is truth (@sasyecat) November 12, 2018
I know how you feel… I could not get out of bed for 3 days.Michelle Obama Explains That Look On Her Face During Trump's Inaugurationhttps://t.co/Sog2PmsViw
— Lisa Gardner (@lfgardner13) November 12, 2018
I love that she was authentic.
— We need Single Payer Healthcare 💪🌸 (@Brasilmagic) November 12, 2018
Love how authentic First Lady Michelle Obama is. What you see is what you get. There was nothing to smile about that day.
— Votes Matter (@MizKpoto) November 12, 2018
We feel ya, Queen.
— America: Woke & Uncivil 🏳️🌈 ✊🏿🌊🐻💯 (@AmericaWoke1) November 12, 2018
She was (is), all of us.
— Joanne Carducci (@CarducciJoanne) November 12, 2018
At the inauguration of Trump, I felt I needed to listen to him with an open mind however as he went on, I began to feel sick. Strangely the word ‘Brownshirts’ bubbled into my subconscious. Michelle seemed to have the same reaction. Love you Michelle.
— Judy Osburn (@JudyOsburn8) November 12, 2018
— Takeesha Pittman (@MizzPittman) November 12, 2018
Mrs. Obama’s book has already received acclaim, including being chosen as Oprah’s latest book club selection.
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From the very first pages of “Becoming” I knew I wanted EVERYONE to read it. I loved it so much I’ve already read it twice. I’ve known Michelle for 14 years, but this book is so open and vulnerable, I felt like she was in my ear. BOOK CLUBS EVERYWHERE – you’ll want to make this your next selection. amazon.com/oprahsbookclub #IAmBecoming