Former First Lady Michelle Obama has spoken of her emotions on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration when she and her husband said goodbye to the White House after two terms as president and first lady. In a clip from her podcast “Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast,” she revealed that she wept for half an hour as she left Joint Base Andrews in Maryland after leaving office.
Michelle Obama admits to sobbing
“I cried for 30 minutes straight – uncontrollable sobbing – because that’s how much we had been holding it together for eight years,” she said in the clip shared by people.com
Michelle Obama spoke of how leaving the White House had been difficult for her daughters, Malia and Sasha, who had grown up there. “We were leaving behind the home we’d been in for eight years – the only home our kids really knew,” she said in the podcast. “They remembered Chicago but spent more time at the White House than anywhere else, so we were saying goodbye to all of their staff members and caregivers who helped raise them.”
This podcast is a follow-up to the first lady’s second book, “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times,” and includes conversations she had with Gayle King, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey, and others during her six-city American tour last year while promoting her book.
Obama expressed not only her own emotions but also her disappointment with the lack of diversity at Trump’s inauguration, “To sit there and watch something opposite to what we represented – there was no diversity, there was no color on that stage, yet you had to hold it together like you’ve done for eight years.”
Obama’s chaotic morning on inauguration day
Obama also recounted a chaotic morning leading up to the inauguration. The night before, her daughters had requested one last sleepover with their friends; thus, on inauguration morning, she was getting ready while saying goodbyes to employees, packing her belongings, and preparing for tea with the incoming president and first family.
Obama’s podcast is the latest in several projects that have kept her in the public eye since leaving the White House. In addition to “The Light We Carry,” released 2021, her first book “Becoming,” became a bestseller and was turned into a Netflix documentary while working with both her foundation and Netflix production deal. She continues to stay busy with other endeavors as well.