Michelle Obama writes in new book that she can’t forgive Trump’s ‘birther’ campaign against her husband

  




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Detail from a publicity image for a series of events associated with the release of Michelle Obama’s new book “Becoming.”

Former first lady Michelle Obama’s new book, “Becoming,” is not out until Monday, and already, on Twitter, even its excerpts have excerpts.

Some are purely personal, such as Obama’s revelation that she had reproductive difficulties, suffered a miscarriage and underwent IVF therapy:

Others are provocatively political, including her take on the notorious “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump is heard boasting of forcing himself upon women, and what Obama laments was the “stalking” of Hillary Clinton by Trump during a debate:

And then there’s the area where the political meets the personal: comments on Donald Trump’s long-running campaign — viewed by many as the springboard to his political campaign — of publicly questioning Barack Obama’s place of birth, and thus eligibility for the presidency. (Trump finally conceded less than two months before the 2016 presidential election, in a controversial event at the Trump hotel in Washington, that, “President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period.”)

Michelle Obama suggests that she’d be unable to forgive, even if asked, Trump’s “birtherism,” as, she reportedly writes, it loudly and recklessly put her family, including her two young daughters, now 20 and 17, at risk of physical harm:

The book’s latter assertion has drawn an unfavorable review from President Trump, who, before traveling to France for events commemorating the centennial of the armistice ending World War I, was asked about the former first lady’s having written that she considered the birther campaign unforgivable. Trump pivoted to what he could not forgive: President Obama’s not spending, in Trump’s view, enough on the military.

“By not funding it properly, it was depleted,” Trump said, according to Army Times. “Everything was old and tired and I came in and I had to fix it, and I’m in the process of spending tremendous amounts of money. So, I’ll never forgive him for what he did to our military.”

The Washington Post speculated that Trump was referring to the across-the-board federal spending reductions required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The legislation was signed by Obama after being passed on a bipartisan basis in the House and Senate, where the votes, respectively, were 268-161 and 74-26.

Obama’s publicity tour for “Becoming,” published by Crown Publishing Group, a unit of Penguin Random House, begins Monday in her native Chicago, in the form of a conversation at the United Center with Oprah Winfrey. Futures dates will feature actresses Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Jessica Parker and longtime Obama confidante and former White House aide Valerie Jarrett.





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