Michelle Obama: Trump Is Like Nation's 'Other Parent'

Former first lady contrasts him with her husband, the 'good parent'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2018 12:49 PM CDT
Michelle Obama Has Parenting Analogy About Trump
Michelle Obama thinks her husband was the 'good parent,' while President Trump is more like the 'other parent.'   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Former President Obama has largely refrained from criticizing his successor in public, but Michelle Obama got in a sly dig Friday while speaking at a leadership conference in Boston, reports the Hill. She first likened her husband's administration to the "good parent"—that is, "the responsible parent, the one who told you to eat your carrots and go to bed on time." President Trump, however, is more like the "other parent," she says. “We thought it’d feel fun—maybe it feels fun for now because we can eat candy all day and stay up late and not follow the rules.”

The former first lady hit on a few other notable topics:

  • Hillary Clinton: "She wasn’t perfect, but she was way more perfect than many of the alternatives."
  • On running: “I don’t want to be president, I don’t think I should be president. I think I can do a lot of things, but that’s not one of them,” she said, per People. “And we have to find women who understand their gifts and know where to put them to use. I know what I’m good at.”
  • Voting: "We've got to be willing, when we do find qualified people, to vote for them, and we didn't do that in this election," she said. "So I think people should be less ... disheartened that me and Oprah don't want to run, and more disheartened by the fact that Hillary Clinton, probably the most qualified person to ever seek the office of the presidency, lost. She lost."
(More Michelle Obama stories.)

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