Michelle Obama slams Trump in new book

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WASH­ING­TON: For­mer US first lady Michelle Obama says she can “never for­give” Don­ald Trump for ques­tion­ing her hus­band’s Amer­i­can cit­i­zen­ship, say­ing the pres­i­dent and other “birthers” put her fam­ily at risk, in her hotly an­tic­i­pated new mem­oir. Obama also says she was sur­prised that so many Amer­i­can women voted for the “misog­y­nist” Trump over Hil­lary Clin­ton, “an ex­cep­tion­ally qual­i­fied fe­male can­di­date,” in the 2016 elec­tion.

The book, “Be­com­ing,” hits stores on Tues­day. Obama, 54, will head out on a multi-city arena tour to pro­mote the mem­oir, with celebrity friends like Oprah Win­frey and Reese With­er­spoon tapped to mod­er­ate the events. It is one of the most awaited books about US pol­i­tics in years, and Obama does not mince words about her hus­band’s suc­ces­sor-and his in­volve­ment in pro­mot­ing the idea that Barack Obama was born abroad.

“The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spir­ited, of course, its un­der­ly­ing big­otry and xeno­pho­bia hardly con­cealed,” she writes, in ex­cerpts of the book pub­lished by ABC News and The Wash­ing­ton Post. “But it was also dan­ger­ous, de­lib­er­ately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks,” she adds. “What if some­one with an un­sta­ble mind loaded a gun and drove to Wash­ing­ton? What if

that per­son went look­ing for our girls? “Don­ald Trump, with his loud and reck­less in­nu­en­dos, was putting my fam­ily’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never for­give him.”

Obama also said her body “buzzed with fury” af­ter hear­ing the “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood” tape on which Trump bragged about be­ing able to grab women with im­punity. Trump did not waste time in re­spond­ing. “Michelle Obama got paid a lot of money to write a book and they al­ways in­sist you come up with con­tro­versy. I’ll give you some back,” he told re­porters at the White House be­fore head­ing on a trip to France. “I’ll never for­give him for what he did to our United States mil­i­tary by not fund­ing it prop­erly. (...) What he did to our mil­i­tary made this coun­try un­safe.”

Per­sonal his­tory

In the book, Amer­ica’s first black first lady goes be­yond pol­i­tics, dig­ging deep into some per­sonal is­sues from a mis­car­riage to us­ing in-vitro fer­til­iza­tion to con­ceive her daugh­ters to mar­riage coun­sel­ing. “I felt lost and alone, and I felt like I failed be­cause I didn’t know how com­mon mis­car­riages were be­cause we don’t talk about them,” Obama told ABC News in an in­ter­view. “We sit in our own pain, think­ing that some­how we’re bro­ken.” Fer­til­ity treat­ments al­lowed her to con­ceive daugh­ters Malia, now 20, and Sasha, 17. “It turns out that even two com­mit­ted goget­ters with a deep love and ro­bust work ethic can’t will them­selves into be­ing preg­nant,” she writes. “We had to do IVF,” she told ABC, in ex­cerpts of an in­ter­view that will air in full to­day.

She re­vis­its the thrill of her ro­mance with Barack, which be­gan when she was his ad­vi­sor at a Chicago law firm, de­scrib­ing it as a “top­pling blast of lust, grat­i­tude, ful­fill­ment, won­der.” But she ad­mits the cou­ple on oc­ca­sion turned to coun­sel­ing, where they “learned how to talk out” prob­lems. Upon Trump’s elec­tion, the Oba­mas faded from the spot­light for a time, re­treat­ing to their man­sion in an up­scale area of the US cap­i­tal and re­frain­ing from overtly po­lit­i­cal state­ments. That si­lence has now passed, with the for­mer pres­i­dent cam­paign­ing ac­tively for Demo­cratic can­di­dates in the runup to the midterm elec­tions and the for­mer first lady speak­ing at get-out-thevote ral­lies.

Michelle Obama will have more op­por­tu­nity to speak out as her book tour, which be­gins in her home­town Chicago, rolls on to New York, Wash­ing­ton, Los An­ge­les, Bos­ton and other cities. Some are hop­ing she will even­tu­ally de­cide to en­ter pol­i­tics her­self, per­haps as soon as 2020, but her com­ments in “Be­com­ing” make that seem un­likely. “I’ve never been a fan of pol­i­tics, and my ex­pe­ri­ence over the last 10 years has done lit­tle to change that. I con­tinue to be put off by the nas­ti­ness,” she writes. —AFP

For­mer US First Lady Michelle Obama

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