Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD - BY DEB RIECHMANN As­so­ci­ated Press

WASH­ING­TON — For­mer first lady Michelle Obama blasts Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in her new book, writ­ing how she re­acted in shock the night she learned he would re­place her hus­band in the Oval Of­fice and tried to “block it all out.”

She also de­nounces Trump’s “birther” cam­paign ques­tion­ing her hus­band’s cit­i­zen­ship, call­ing it big­oted and dan­ger­ous, “de­lib­er­ately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.”

In her me­moir “Be­com­ing,” set to come out Tues­day, Obama writes openly about ev­ery­thing from grow­ing up in Chicago to con­fronting racism in pub­lic life to her amaze­ment at be­com­ing the coun­try’s first black first lady. She also re­flects on early strug­gles in her mar­riage to Barack Obama as he be­gan his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer and was of­ten away. She writes that they met with a coun­selor “a hand­ful of times,” and she came to re­al­ize that she was more “in charge” of her hap­pi­ness than she had re­al­ized. “This was my pivot point,” Obama ex­plains. “My mo­ment of self-ar­rest.”

Obama writes that she as­sumed Trump was “grand­stand­ing” when he an­nounced his pres­i­den­tial run in 2015. She ex­presses dis­be­lief over how so many women would choose a “misog­y­nist” over Hil­lary Clin­ton, “an ex­cep­tion­ally qual­i­fied fe­male can­di­date.” She re­mem­bers how her body “buzzed with fury” af­ter see­ing the in­fa­mous “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood” tape, in which Trump brags about sex­u­ally as­sault­ing women.

The As­so­ci­ated Press pur­chased an early copy of “Be­com­ing,” one of the most an­tic­i­pated po­lit­i­cal books in re­cent me­mory. Obama is ad­mired world­wide and has of­fered few ex­ten­sive com­ments on her White House years.

Obama launches her pro­mo­tional tour Tues­day at the United Cen­ter.

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