On an episode of Conan O’Brien’s podcast, “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” which aired Monday, she spoke with the host about how the perception of the job as changed in the current presidency.
“It’s not a reality show, it’s real-life stuff,” she told O’Brien.
Obama said that in her involvement in the 2016 election, she tried to emphasize that the position is a hard job and that someone with certain experience needed to fill it.
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“This is a really hard job, and it’s serious, and it requires a level of knowledge, of history and patience, and you have to be a reader, and you have to be someone that can handle stress, and you have to watch your words,” she said.
“I mean, we live in a time, ‘tell it like it is,’ and it’s like, not when your words can start wars and shift markets. There’s a responsibility to be careful with them.”
Obama didn’t mention President Donald Trump or any candidate in particular and insisted her words weren’t “shade” at anyone.
“As someone who has been there, just let me tell you about this job because it’s real, and when Barack was in office — you know, this is my opinion — he made it look really easy, and it’s not,” the former first lady added.
“So we should all know that as part of the electorate, that we should understand that we have a responsibility to put people in office who are not only ready and passionate about it but have immense skills to do this really hard job for a long time,” she said.
Listen to the podcast here.
Obama admitted she wouldn’t be involved in the 2020 election in a political way but rather to emphasize voting from everyone, as she called the current voter turnout rate “depressing.”