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:
Michelle Obama says she felt “lost and alone” after suffering a miscarriage 20 years ago and underwent in vitro fertilization to conceive her two daughters.https://t.co/vJL6ock6yt
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 9, 2018
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:
Obama denounces Trump for bragging in 2005, on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, about sexually assaulting women. She also accuses him of using body language to “stalk” Hillary Clinton during an election debate.https://t.co/ALDI3wsoFa
— NewsChannel 12 (@wcti12) November 9, 2018
Michelle Obama blasts Trump in her book, recalling when Trump won, she tried to “block it all out.”
Obama denounces the Access Hollywood tape, saying Trump meant, “I can hurt you and get away with it” and accuses him of ‘stalking’ Clinton during a debate.https://t.co/wi5i1aP497
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 9, 2018
In her memoir ‘Becoming,’ Michelle Obama denounces President Trump for bragging in 2005, on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, about sexually assaulting women. https://t.co/2VxaSCUC6t
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 9, 2018
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:
In her memoir “Becoming,” Michelle Obama denounces Trump’s “birther” campaign, saying he “deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.” https://t.co/htRcOyOM00
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 9, 2018
“Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him,” Michelle Obama writes in her new memoir, “Becoming”https://t.co/uE81XPkpKq
— Caroline Kelly (@caroline_mkelly) November 9, 2018
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.