WASHINGTON – Former first lady Michelle Obama blasts President Donald Trump in her new book, recalling how she reacted in shock the night when she discovered that he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to block everything & # 39; .
In her memoir "Becoming", which appears Tuesday, Obama writes candidly about everything from being subjected to racist remarks to early struggles in her marriage to Barack Obama when he started his political career and was often away.
She writes that she & # 39; a handful of times & # 39; have met a counselor and realized that they have more & # 39; the lead & # 39; had her luck than she had realized. "This was my pivot point," Obama explains. "My moment of self-arrest."
Obama condemns Trump for bragging rights in 2005, on the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape, about sexually abused women. She also accuses him of using body language to "stalk" Hillary Clinton, his 2016 opponent, during an electoral debate. She writes about Trump who follows Clinton around the stage, stands nearby and "tries to reduce her presence."
Trump's message, according to Obama, in words that appear in the book in a dark print: "I can hurt you and get away with it."
bought an early copy of Becoming & # 39 ;, one of the most anticipated political books in recent history. Obama is admired worldwide and has given little elaborate comments about her White House Years. And memoirs from former first ladies are usually bestsellers.
Obama launches this promotional tour this month not at a bookstore, but at the Chicago United Center, where tens of thousands of people clamber for tickets – from just under $ 30 to thousands of dollars – to take part in the event moderated by Oprah Winfrey. Other stops are planned in major arenas across the country, with guests such as Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Jessica Parker. Ten percent of the tickets at each event are donated to local charities, schools and community groups.
"Becoming" is part of a joint book deal with former President Barack Obama, whose memoirs are expected next year, which is believed to be worth tens of millions of dollars. The Obamas have said that they will donate an "important part" of their author to charitable organizations, including the Obama Foundation.
Michelle Obama has long said she has no interest in running to the office, although she held a few campaign-like rallies before the mid-election encouraged people to sign up to vote. The meetings were part of her work as co-chairman of the nonpartisan, non-profit organization When We All Vote.
Last year she launched a program to empower girls through education. The Global Girls Alliance wants to support more than 1,500 grassroots organizations in combating the challenges girls face in their community.
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