Former first lady Michelle Obama recently released her memoir, titled “Becoming.” The book is already making a splash. Michelle has made recent public appearances to promote the book. In one such appearance, the former first lady answered questions about the size of President Trump’s inauguration crowd relative the crowds that gathered to celebrate her husband’s inaugurations after he was elected in both 2008 and 2012.
On Thursday, a clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show was released that showed host Ellen Degeneres discussing the three inaugurations Michelle has attended. Obama said, “Two of ours and one of someone else.” The crowd erupted in laughter. Degeneres replied saying that Obama had “pretty good seats.” She asked Obama if she was able to tell which of the crowds were bigger.
Obama replied with a laugh “I could tell.” She did not go into any detail. The day after Trump’s inauguration former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that President Trump had “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.” The claim was demonstrably false. Spicer himself later admitted that he “screwed that up.” when he discussed the crowd size.
For her part, Michelle Obama has not taken to openly criticizing the current president and administration. In her memoir, however, Obama talks about her feelings during President Trump’s inauguration. She says that she “stopped even trying to smile” while Trump was sworn in.
She wrote, “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.” She continued, “But in this case, maybe it did.” Obama continued “Realizing it, I made my own optic adjustment.” She added, “I stopped even trying to smile.”
Michelle Obama responds to Trump's inauguration crowd size claims on Ellen. pic.twitter.com/PmUumsf5L9
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 16, 2018