Michelle Obama said she felt anxious before giving her emotional New Hampshire speech in 2016 condemning Donald Trump for bragging about sexually assaulting women in a recording more than a decade ago.
The former first lady recalled Thursday in Inglewood, California during a conversation with Tracee Ellis Ross that she had gotten to the point where she was less concerned about what people thought about her words when she addressed Trump’s comments on the infamous 2005 Access Hollywood tape.
She admitted: ‘It was also (Barack Obama’s) second term. I was like “I’m done with caring what people think.” It’s time to put some truth out there.’
Former first lady Michelle Obama spoke at the Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama event at the Forum on Thursday in Inglewood, California
Obama felt anxious before giving her New Hampshire speech in 2016, she has revealed
Obama wrote the outline of her speech while sitting in a waiting room as her mother was having back surgery.
She wanted to speak up after the controversial revelation that Trump had told a room with TV personality Billy Bush inside: ‘Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.’
He was speaking about women as he filmed a cameo on the set of Days of Our Lives.
Mrs. Obama said about the 2016 speech at an event in support of Democrat Hillary Clinton: ‘When I’m telling the truth, I’m not afraid. I was anxious about giving it. I know how I feel, and what I wanted to do at that time was take women to that place where we know how we feel when we are demeaned.
‘We have all experienced that at some point in time. Women don’t have the platform to say it out loud.’
She wrote the outline of her speech while sitting in a waiting room as her mother was having back surgery, Obama revealed to Tracee Ellis Ross (right)
Obama didn’t mentioned Trump’s name but added at the event that she ‘hated bullies’
Becoming came out Tuesday, the same day Obama launched a national book tour
Former First Lady sold more than 725,000 copies of her book on first day Friday
Mrs. Obama’s comments came at an event with black-ish actor Ross at The Forum.
She was promoting her best-selling book Becoming, which was released this week.
Her memoir had one of the year’s biggest debuts, selling more than 725,000 copies on the first day Crown Publishing said on Friday.
The figures include sales and pre-orders of the former first lady’s memoir and account for hardcover, audio and e-books editions for the United States and Canada.
Mrs. Obama never mentioned Trump’s name on Thursday, but said she ‘hated bullies’.
‘I don’t know if men really understand what we bear as women,’ she said. ‘The sad thing is that women aren’t safe in this world. We are at risk to be cut all the time. I wanted to bring voice to women who know what that feels like.
‘You’re just putting up with some man’s voice saying some stuff that is inappropriate and out of line, and they think it’s a joke. It has a lasting impact. … You have the power to vote against it.’
Obama had impressive sales and pre-orders of her memoir and account for hardcover, audio and e-books editions
She entered the stage to Alicia Key’s Girl on Fire in her second stop of her 12-stop arena book tour. She kicked her tour off in a talk with Oprah Winfrey in Chicago.
Ten percent of ticket costs are being donated to local charities, schools and community groups.
Much of the 90-minute conversation between Mrs. Obama and Ross was filled with laughter.
They talked about Mrs. Obama having a panic attack, getting marriage counseling and joked about her husband’s walk being ‘sexy’ but annoyingly slow sometimes.
In the book, Mrs. Obama mentions a time when she had a fist fight with a girl while growing up on Chicago’s South Side.
‘You did? A physical fight?’ Ross asked.
She added: ‘Those are the only fights you had on the South Side. What? You thought people were debating? No, girl. We were throwing down – like, kickin’.’
The former first lady’s husband, daughters, mother and brother gave their impressions of her maturation in a video montage.
Her mom talked about how her daughter initially disliked politics and Barack Obama said he showed up to their first date late.
Earlier Thursday, Mrs. Obama made a surprise visit to an early education center located in Skid Row in the downtown Los Angeles.
She spent time reading with a group of four-year-old children from an underserved area of the city.
Former first lady Michelle Obama reads a book Para Los Niños on Thursday in Los Angeles
Obama speaks with a school girl during a surprise appearance
Former first lady Michelle Obama reads a book to school children
Obama gave the school children a high five during a surprise appearance
Obama is on a whirlwind tour to promote her book