Michelle Obama Reveals She ‘Stopped Even Trying To Smile’ During Donald Trump’s Inauguration

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:   President Donald Trump (2nd-L) First Lady Melania Trump (L), former President Barack Obama (2nd-R) and former First Lady Michelle Obama walk together following the inauguration, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017. President-Elect Donald Trump was sworn-in as the 45th President. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch - Pool/Getty Images)

Michelle Obama Reveals She ‘Stopped Even Trying To Smile’ During Donald Trump’s Inauguration

In her memoir "Becoming," the former first lady wrote, "the vibrant diversity of the two previous inaugurations was gone."

Published November 12, 2018

Former first lady Michelle Obama is revealing more about how she felt watching Donald Trump takeover for her husband at the 2017 presidential inauguration.

In her new memoir “Becoming,” Mrs. Obama said the familiar celebratory feeling she experiences during Barack Obama’s two inaugurations was gone when Trump was sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2017.

"The vibrant diversity of the two previous inaugurations was gone ... Someone from Barack's administration might have said that the optics there were bad — that what the public saw didn’t reflect the president’s reality or ideals, but in this case, maybe it did," Obama wrote in the memoir.

“Realizing it, I made my own optic adjustment,” she continued. “I stopped even trying to smile.”

Mrs. Obama also sat down with “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts in an interview released Sunday to discuss more details about the transition from her husband’s administration to the current.

“I think it’s safe to say that during your husband’s presidency it was ‘No Drama Obama,’” Roberts said to Mrs. Obama. “What goes through your mind when you read and hear what’s going on with this administration?"

“I said what I continue to say — being the commander in chief is a hard job,” Obama said.  “You need to have discipline. You need to read and you need to be knowledgeable. You need to know history. You need to be careful with your words.”

“But voters make those decisions and once the voters have spoken, we live with what we live with,” she added.

The former first lady opened up about her criticism of Trump in her book, and questioned how the American people elected such a controversial figure.

"I will always wonder about what led so many women, in particular, to reject an exceptionally qualified female candidate and instead choose a misogynist as their president," the former first lady wrote.

Written by Rachel Herron

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