Friday, 18 Jan 2019

AP NewsBreak: Michelle Obama rips Trump in new book

WASHINGTON – Former first lady Michelle Obama blasts President Donald Trump in her new book, writing how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to "block it all out."

She also denounces Trump's "birther" campaign questioning her husband's citizenship, calling it bigoted and dangerous, "deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks."

In her memoir "Becoming," set to come out on Tuesday, Obama writes openly about everything from growing up in Chicago to confronting racism in public life to become her first lady. She also reflects on her marriage to Barack Obama as he began his career and was often away. She writes that they have a counselor "a handful of times," and she came to realize that she was more "in charge" of her happiness than she had realized. "This was my pivot point," Obama explains. "My moment of self-arrest."

Obama writes that she assumes Trump was "grandstanding" when he announced his presidential run in 2015. She expresses disbelief over how so many women would choose to "misogynist" over Hillary Clinton, "an exceptionally qualified female candidate." She remembers how her body "Buzzed with fury" after the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape, in which Trump brags about sexually assaulting women.

She also accuses Trump of using body language to "stalk" Clinton during an election debate. She writes of Trump following Clinton around the stage, standing nearby and "trying to diminish her presence."

Trump's message, according to Obama, in which words appear in the book in darkened print: "I can hurt you and get away with it."

The Associated Press is an early copy of "Becoming," one of the most anticipated political books in recent memory. White House years. And memoirs, including Clinton and Laura Bush, are usually best sellers.

Obama launches his book on Tuesday, but at Chicago's United Center, where he is expected to be moderated by Oprah Winfrey. Other stops on the road to New York City's Barclays Center to the Los Angeles Forum, with guests Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Jessica Parker. While some fans have been chartered, they are being donated to local charities, schools and community groups.

In "Becoming," Obama shares both bread and joy. She writes to the world of law and order, with whom she has been appointed to the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin LLP; she was initially his adviser. Secretaries asked he was both brilliant and "cute," even Michelle Obama was skeptical, writing that white people went "bonkers" any time you "could have followed" one has half-intelligent black man. "She also thought her picture had a "Whiff of geekiness."

But it was more than impressed after meeting him, by his "rich, even sexy baritone" and by his "strange, stirring combination" of serenity and power. "This strange mix-of-everything-man," when she finally let him kiss her, set off "toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfillment, wonder."

But throughout her husband's life in politics, she fought to balance public and private needs, and to maintain her self-esteem. She is a cartoonish, racist image. She remembered being labeled "angry" and, by the Fox Network, "Obama's Baby Mama." At times, she was fearful of her husband's presidential campaign, especially after conservatives. context, she notes – that for the first time as an adult she was "really proud" of her country.

The remarks faded from the news, but it was a "pernicious seed," a "perception" that she was "disgruntled and vaguely hostile."

As the first black lady, she knew she would be labeled "other" and would have earned the aura of "grace" given freely to her predecessors. She found confidence in repeating herself singing favorite: "Am I good enough? Yes I am. "

"Becoming" is part of a President Barack Obama's deal with President Barack Obama, whose memory is expected next year, which is believed to be worth tens of millions of dollars. The Obamas said they would donate a "significant portion" of their charity, including the Obama Foundation.

Widely praised a gifted orator and communicator, Michelle Obama has long been urging people to register to vote. The rallies were part of her work as co-chairman of the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization when we all vote.

Last year, she launched a program to help empower girls worldwide through education. The Global Girls Alliance aims to support more than 1,500 grassroots organizations in their communities.

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