The wife of the first black POTUS talks about being held to a different standard as well as what made her cry for "30 minutes" before leaving White House.
While appearing on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Friday night, the former first lady spoke about her best-selling memoir, "Becoming," and her time in the White House alongside the first black President of the United States, Barack Obama. After the author emphasized how she and her family maintained a "moral compass" while at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Colbert asked how she feels about "next occupant of the Oval Office" being "indifferent" to ethic responsibility.
"I have been very clear how I felt about that, I gave a speech about it at the 2016 convention," Obama explained. "The question we have to ask ourselves is, how does the country feel about it?"
"The country has to ask itself, what do we want, what is the bar we are setting for ourselves?" she continued. "What kind of moral leadership do we demand in the White House? If we vote for one set of behavior, then that's obviously what we want, until we vote differently."
"The margin of error was small, and we felt that," she added. "Barack couldn’t golf. You know, we could just start there. There's so much that would have been an outrage for us and we knew it. There wasn't any room for anybody in our administration to be indicted... We had to be highly ethical. We showed our taxes, we divested our money. This isn't shade. This is just the sort of stuff we had to think about doing. This isn't shade, it's truth."
Obama recalled being the challenges of being "example family" during her time at the White House. "When you're the first of anything the bar feels higher. You don't have room to make mistakes," she told Colbert.
The former lawyer supported her thoughts by using her emotional final flight on Air Force One as an example of the family leaving behind their "perfect" high-profile life.
"One of the things I don't talk about in the new book, but I talk about on the road is that I do remember at the end of that last flight that we took out when I was leaving from the Capitol," Obama said. "We waved and got on Air Force One for the last time... I cried for about 30 minutes."
"It was the release of eight years of feeling like we had to do everything perfectly," she added. "We couldn't slip, our tone had to be perfect. That was the bar that was set for us."
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