Michelle Obama Compares America in the Trump Presidency to ‘Living With Divorced Dad’

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During a Sunday appearance in London, former first lady Michelle Obama took a handful of shots at President Donald Trump, though she stopped short of directly naming the 45th president.

Obama was in the United Kingdom to promote her book when she made a number of quips, which were first reported by The Independent. At one point, she said, “For anyone who had any problems with Barack Obama, let’s just think about what we were troubled by — there were never any indictments.” The British newspaper reported that there were about 15,000 people in the room.

She was interviewed by Stephen Colbert at the event and later joked, “We come from a broken family, we are a little unsettled. Sometimes you spend the weekend with divorced dad. That feels like fun but then you get sick. That is what America is going through. We are living with divorced dad.”

And though we’ve heard a lot of metaphors for President Trump, “divorced dad” is a new one. She also argued that the version of Trump that America is experiencing while he is in the White House isn’t a new creature:

“The presidency does not change who you are, it reveals who you are.”

But, despite the shadow that she sees Trump casting over the United States, Obama said that she believes there’s hope. She pointed out that the world has gone through dark moments before and always come out on the other side.

“We are moving in a direction of diversity and inclusion,” she added. “No-one ever said it would be easy. We are just in the throes of the uneasy path of change.”

The first lady’s book has been sitting near or at the top of the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list since it came out and it doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of dropping.

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