Former first lady, Michelle Obama is currently on a book tour for her book Becoming. Last night, she appeared on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert. During the interview, Colbert brought up the quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt that suggest that presidency is the “moral center for the country.” In simplier terms, Americans look at the first family for moral righteousness. Obama went on to discuss how challenging it was to be a moral leader.
“When you’re the first of anything the bar feels higher. You feel like you don’t have room to make mistakes,” said Obama. She shared that she cried for 30 minutes durinng her last flight following President Trump’s inauguration. “It was just the release of eight years of feeling like we had to do everything perfectly.”
Obama went on to describe the pressure of perfection in further details.
She stated, “There wasn’t any room for anybody in our administration to be indicted… We had to be highly ethical. We showed our taxes, we divested our money. This isn’t shade. This is just the sort of stuff we had to think about doing. This isn’t shade, it’s the truth!” Even though, she didn’t mention President Trump’s name in the interview, the contrast she made of the current and previous administrations is clear. In fact, Obama has always been clear on her opinions about Trump.
Being the first African American family added to the pressure. Obama even elaborated on how the family was the ultimate representation of African Americans all over the nation, “people would measure everyone of our race, of our gender, by what we do. And there is pressure that comes with that, and that’s how we carried ourselves.”
Unfortunately, the full interview couldn’t be aired. In addition to ‘moral leadership, Colbert and Obama spoke on her proposal, the 2020 election, and more. The full interview can be found here.