Michelle Obama mem­oir

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The for­mer first lady has plenty to say in her new mem­oir, in­clud­ing de­nounc­ing Pres­i­dent Trump for sex­ism and misog­yny.

In her highly an­tic­i­pated mem­oir, “Be­com­ing,” for­mer first lady Michelle Obama mostly sticks to her long-stated prin­ci­ple of stay­ing pos­i­tive in the face of po­lit­i­cal and per­sonal at­tacks: “When they go low, we go high.”

But she doesn’t hold back en­tirely. Obama de­nounces Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump for his sex­ism and misog­yny and, most force­fully, for his part in pro­mot­ing the “birther” con­spir­acy the­ory that ques­tioned Barack Obama’s cit­i­zen­ship.

She de­scribed his cam­paign to dis­credit her hus­band as “crazy and mean­spir­ited, of course, its un­der­ly­ing big­otry and xeno­pho­bia hardly con­cealed,” as well as dan­ger­ous. “Don­ald Trump, with his loud and reck­less in­nu­en­dos, was putting my fam­ily’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never for­give him.”

“Be­com­ing,” which is due out Tuesday, from Crown, is shap­ing up to be one of the year’s big­gest block­busters, with a global first print­ing of 3 mil­lion copies, and a world­wide re­lease in 31 lan­guages.

The mem­oir is land­ing at a mo­ment when the for­mer pres­i­dent and first lady have re­turned to pub­lic life af­ter mostly lay­ing low in the months fol­low­ing the 2016 elec­tion.

Barack Obama cam­paigned en­er­get­i­cally for Demo­cratic can­di­dates in the midterms, and Michelle Obama has launched a new ed­u­ca­tion project for ado­les­cent girls and an ini­tia­tive to pro­mote voter regis­tra­tion and turnout. “Be­com­ing,” which The New York Times re­ceived a copy of, is in many ways a fairly con­ven­tional first lady’s mem­oir: An insider’s view of what it was like to live through na­tional tragedies and other ma­jor events, in one of the most high pro­file po­si­tions in the world.

Jewel Sa­mad / Getty Images

In this 2016 photo, for­mer first lady Michelle Obama speaks in Win­ston-salem, North Carolina. Obama’s mem­oir, “Be­com­ing,” hits stores on Nov. 13.

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