Michelle Obama Compares Trump Administration to Irresponsible Parent Who Lets Kids ‘Eat Candy All Day, Not Follow the Rules’

Former first lady Michelle Obama addresses the crowd during a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander at the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit on Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago.
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Michelle Obama has a few choice words about the Trump administration, especially in comparison with her husband’s presidency, one that was more like having a “responsible parent” caring for the household.

“I think what we see is what happens when we take things for granted,” Obama told Simmons College President Helen Drinan at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston Thursday. “For the eight years Barack was president, it 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.”


And then there’s the “other parent,” aka y’all’s dotard president.

“And now we have the other parent. 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 added, according to People magazine.

Obama said that when she sees what Donald Trump has been doing since taking office, she basically has to take a “deep sigh” (I feel ya on that one).

“I think about what I’ve learned from my husband, and I’ve learned watching him be a leader,” she said. “And a lot of what I’ve learned about temperament and patience, that really comes from him. I think he was born with that DNA.


“What I learned is that as he said, the arc of history is long, and what we’re here to do is make a mark. And you do what you do because you know it’s the right thing to do, not because you’ll get credit for it, or because it says something about your personal legacy. You do the work because you’re slowly moving the needle. There are times in history when we feel like you’re going backward, but that’s part of the growth,” she added.

Obama also noted, “It’s going to take young people, the next generation of leaders, too determine what they want to be. ... Voting has to be part of that equation.”


But although she’s banking on votes changing the path of the country, Obama is still adamant about not campaigning herself.

“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 told the audience. “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.”

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