Michelle Obama Recalls Trump’s Inauguration Crowd: ‘Not Reflective of the Country’

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Michelle Obama has been critical of the Trump administration on several occasions, and over the weekend in an interview with journalist Gayle King, the former first lady described her first experience of the administration.

On stage at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Obama told King about Trump’s inauguration and described the crowd as “not reflective of the country” and said that she was “one of the handfuls of people of color.”

Here’s what she had to say:

“And then we had to meet the Trumps. That day was very emotional. And then to sit at that inauguration and to look around at a crowd that was not reflective of the country, and I had to sit in that audience as one of the handfuls of people of color. All that I had to hold on to over those last eight years, and it was a lot emotionally.”

The former first lady also said that her daughters teared up while moving out of the White House, where they lived for eight years.

King also asked her how she felt about Trump dismantling her husband’s legacy.

“People ask me that question all the time and I can honestly say, our upset wasn’t over our legacy,” Obama explained. “We weren’t there to instill our legacy, but the upset it would cause the country. What saddens me is what it’s doing to the country as a whole.”

Watch the full interview below:


The former first lady has been on a roll after her memoir, “Becoming,” became one of the best-selling books of 2018.

Since leaving the White House, she has done a speaking tour that sold out massive arenas and helped push voter participation ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. But she and her husband have largely stayed out of the ongoing 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign.

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The racism continues by the Obummers and will continue as a “Poor Me, Pity Me, Gimme More Stuff and Reparations” campaign (even with their $40 million net worth). Just take a long walk off a short pier, Mike.


I had to work that day of the inauguration and so did several of my friends. Sorry someone has to pay the taxes in the country Michelle. Hmmmmm


What does their daughters being sad on moving day have to do with anything? Moving is sad for children, I’m sure all children who’ve lived in the White House are sad on moving day. Or a child that’s lived anywhere 8 years. If I remember correctly, both of Obama’s inaugurations were heavily attended by the black population – a disproportionate amount compared to the country’s percentages. No one cried racism, Michelle, or looked around and counted how many white faces there were. MLK’s dream works both ways, you don’t judge me by the color of my skin and I won’t… Read more »

Patti Harrison

The only thing that I remember you doing is destroying the school lunches, other than that I cannot remember much!


I’m trying to recall her accomplishments, political offices, or things other than being Obozo’s beard.

Nope. I’m coming up with nothing.

I’m not counting raising food waste and child hunger through her badly-managed “eat what I tell you” campaign for school kids.

Allen Zabel

This useless piece of crap, is not a reflection of the country either.
Moochelle? Just shut the f**k up and go away.
Take your spineless, loser husband, with you.


Newsflash Lady Antoinette: Your “handfuls of people of color” IS representative of the US, which still runs 70-75% white.

Even the blogger of this article is white (and male), as are ALL the Blue staff (Billinson, Helmer, etc.).

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