Former first lady Michelle Obama just gave her husband high praise by stating that her husband’s presidency was like having a “good parent” at home during a women’s leadership conference on Thursday.
At the Simmons Leadership Conference, Obama seemed to suggest that the Trump administration is inferior to the Obama administration. The remarks were reported by Boston’s local TV station WBZ.
The former first lady insisted that the Obama administration was “like having the ‘good parent’ at home.”
“The responsible parent, the one who told you to eat your carrots and go to bed on time,” she said.
“And now we have the other parent,” Obama added. “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.”
At a point during the discussion, she also gave praise to Hillary Clinton, who was the 2016 Democratic nominee. Clinton was the first woman to achieve the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party. Clinton had also garnered more popular votes than Trump did.
The former first lady claimed that Clinton was “the best-qualified candidate.”
“She wasn’t perfect, but she was way more perfect than many of the alternatives.”
Obama also spoke about the low voter turnout for the election that resulted in Trump’s victory. She argued that voters were not “willing” to go out and vote for Clinton, adding that she was likely the most qualified candidate in history.
“We’ve got to be willing, when we do find qualified people, to vote for them,” Obama said. “And we didn’t do that in this election.”
“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.”
The Obamas have been highly critical of the Trump administration, which has triggered some to call for a run for the presidency by Michelle. Despite her politically-charged remarks, however, the former first lady has stated that she does not intend to run for political office.
“The reason why I don’t want to run for president — I can’t speak for Oprah, but my sense is that first of all, you have to want the job,” Obama said.
“And you can’t just say, ‘You’re a woman. Run.’ And we can’t look for women like that. We can’t just say ‘let’s find the women we like and ask them to do it,’ because there are a million women who are inclined and who do have the passion for politics,” she added.
H/T: The Hill