Michelle Obama compares Donald Trump's presidency to 'living with a divorced dad'
To promote her best-selling memoir, Becoming, former first lady Michelle Obama spoke with The Late Show host Stephen Colbert at an event in London. During the wide-ranging interview, Colbert compared the current state of America to teenager whose body is changing, according to The Independent. Obama agreed, and said Donald Trump's presidency is like 'living with a divorced dad."
"We are a teenager," said the former FLOTUS. "And we come from a broken family, we’re a teenager, we’re a little unsettled, and having good parents, it’s tough, sometimes you spend the weekend with divorced dad and that seems fun until you get sick. That’s what America is going through, living with divorced dad."
Watch Michelle Obama make the humorous comment during her interview with Stephen Colbert
Obama's analogy drew laughter and applause from the audience, prompting Colbert to break out his Donald Trump impression. "I'll tell you what, kids. Here's the key to the car, the liquor cabinet's over there," the comedian riffed. "I'm going up[stairs] with my hot little girlfriend. Don't break anything."
Later in the interview, Obama, who is on a European book tour, took a few other veiled digs at Trump. "I have to remind people that Barack Obama was elected twice in the United States. That really did happen," she said, per The Guardian. "That wasn’t make-believe. The country actually did accomplish it and half the people who voted in the last election, if they could have, they would have voted for him for a third term."
“We have to remember that what is happening today is true, but what happened before was also true," she continued. "That should give us some solace at some level. Let’s just stop and think about – for anybody who had problems with Barack Obama – what we were troubled by. There were never any indictments."
"He wore a tan suit once,” joked Colbert, in reference to a fiasco in 2014. After President Barack Obama had the audacity to wear a light tan suit in public, Fox News pundits treated the "unpresidential" outfit like an outrageous scandal. Republican Rep. Steve King of New York went even further, claiming Obama's sartorial choice meant he didn't care about national security.
"There's no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday," King told NewsMaxTV. "When you have the world watching... a week, two weeks of anticipation of what the United States is gonna do. For him to walk out — I'm not trying to be trivial here — in a light suit, light tan suit, saying that first he wants to talk about what most Americans care about the revision of second quarter numbers on the economy. This is a week after Jim Foley was beheaded and he's trying to act like real Americans care about the economy, not about ISIS and not about terrorism. And then he goes on to say he has no strategy."
The ridiculous non-troversy was widely mocked on late night comedy shows, most recently by The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, which declared Obama's tan suit to be "the worst presidential scandal in history."
While Michelle Obama is dismayed by the current administration, she told Colbert she remains hopeful for the future. "It may feel like a dark chapter but any story has its highs and lows, but it continues," she said. "Yeah, we’re in a low, but we’ve been lower. We’ve had tougher times with more to fear. We’ve lived through slavery and the Holocaust and segregation and we’ve always come out on the other end, better and stronger."
In her memoir, Obama wrote that she will never forgive Donald Trump for spreading false conspiracy theories that her husband was born in Kenya. An odd claim, considering both Barack Obama's short-form birth certificate and long-form birth certificate state he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and both documents have been verified as authentic. But even today, delusional crackpots in septic corners of the internet desperately insist that the certificates are forgeries, although their claims have been repeatedly debunked.
"The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed," wrote Obama. "But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks. 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."