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Michelle Obama just nailed the big difference between Trump and her husband

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Michelle Obama did not hold back when asked how Trump has been doing as president, especially when compared to her husband…

Michelle Obama has always done her best to be polite and gracious about her husband’s successor – which is no small thing when you consider that person is Donald Trump.

However, when Helen Drinan, the president of Simmons College, interviewed Michelle onstage about the current president, the former FLOTUS admitted that she’s been forced to use a lot of what her husband taught her – namely, “temperament and patience”.

“We’re at a point in time where we have to figure out who we want to be as a nation. We’ve had two stark examples of what we can be,” said Michelle.

“I certainly know what direction I want the country to go in, and I want to continue to build a country that’s based on empathy and compassion and generosity and goodwill.

“I want to be in a nation where we give one another the benefit of the doubt, where we have open arms and we’re full of inclusion, but we have to fight for that vision. It just doesn’t happen, and we can’t take it for granted.”

Michelle went on to say that everything happening in the White House at the moment is “what happens when we take things for granted,” describing her husband’s eight-year presidency as being like living with the “good parent” who “told you to eat your carrots and go to bed on time.”

“And now, perhaps, we have the other parent in the house,” she continued. 

“We thought it’d feel fun – maybe it feels fun to some for now because we can eat candy all day and stay up late, and not follow the rules.”

However, Michelle added that “the arc of history is long” and expressed a hope that, at some point, Americans will “look at those two experiences and see how we feel”.

“It’s going to take young people, the next generation of leaders, to really determine what kind of a world they want to be in,” she said, “and voting has got to be a part of that equation.”

Last year, Michelle took aim at Trump without even using his name, suggesting that his obsession with social media is unbecoming of anyone – let alone the leader of the free world.

“When you have a voice, you can’t use it any kind of way,” she said at the Obama Foundation’s inaugural youth leadership summit in Chicago. “This whole ‘tell it like it is’ business is nonsense. You don’t just say what’s on your mind, you don’t just tweet every thought.

“Most of your initial thoughts are not worthy of the light of day.”

As the audience erupted into laughter, Obama was asked if she was referring to anybody in particular. And, without attempting to hide the smile from her face, she insisted that she wasn’t: “I’m talking about us all,” she said.

However, the FLOTUS went on to insist that “tweeting and social media” are a “powerful weapon”, especially when placed in the hands of hotheads who don’t take a step back and think about what they’re doing before firing off insults into cyberspace.

“No, you don’t [tell it like it is],” she said, hammering home her point.

“You need to think, and spell it right, and have good grammar.”

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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