While appearing on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday morning, former First Lady Michelle Obama talked about her experience attending Joe Biden’s inauguration. While she described the day as “glorious,” she also claimed that “everyone was concerned about more riots,” as it occurred two weeks after the Capitol was stormed.
“What was it like for you to be there, to witness this historic swearing-in?” host Robin Roberts asked.
“Well, it was a glorious day, the sun was shining, the mood was wonderful, but it was also mixed,” Michelle replied. “I think everyone was concerned about more riots, but we were assured that things were under control. When you see fellow Americans storming the Capitol, that sits with you. That reality was with us on that stage.”
However, Michelle was quick to heap praise on the Biden family, and on Kamala Harris’ family as well.
“But to watch our friend Joe Biden and Jill stand there with their beautiful family, to see Kamala with her family standing there brave and bold, knowing that they were taking on a massive amount of responsibility to get this country back on track,” Michelle said.
Michelle was going on the morning show to promote a new edition of her bestselling 2018 memoir “Becoming,” and she was asked by Roberts “who she is becoming now.”
“I’m becoming more free,” Michelle said. “And I hope I’m becoming smarter and wiser and more patient. I hope I’m becoming someone that is comfortable getting out of the way, so the next generation can take the seat that I’m sitting in.”
This came a day after Michelle posted a video to social media in which she said that the message she hopes young women take away from her book is, “It is OK not to know who you are or exactly what you want to be or do right now.”
“You might feel like once you’re grown that you’re supposed to have all the answers and that there’s a point in your life where you will feel settled and everything will feel certain and all of those anxieties will just fade away,” she said, adding that women her age and older “chuckle” at the idea that you’ll one day wake up and have it all figured out.
“The process of becoming yourself doesn’t work that way,” she continued. “Because, as I’ve always said, the process of becoming isn’t finite.”
Today’s the day! You can find the young readers’ edition and paperback edition of Becoming wherever books are sold. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to widen our community, and I'm especially excited for young people to read along as they begin their journeys of becoming. pic.twitter.com/iUonQxJ91l
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) March 2, 2021
This piece was written by James Samson on March 3, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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