On Thursday at a women’s leadership conference, former first lady Michelle Obama likened her husband’s presidency to having “the good parent” at home.
At the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston, Obama appeared to take shots at President Trump‘s administration.
Her remarks were first reported by local TV station WBZ.
Obama said 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 added, “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.”
During the discussion, Obama praised Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee and the first woman to secure the nomination of a major U.S. political party.
Obama said 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 Trump’s victory in 2016. She said that voters were not “willing” to go out and vote for Clinton, whom she said was likely the most qualified candidate in history.
She said, “We’ve got to be willing, when we do find qualified people, to vote for them. 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.”
Despite her recent politically charged remarks, Obama reiterated that she will not run for political office in the future.
In the same forum, Obama said, “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,” as reported by NBC News.
She continued, “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.”
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Credit: The Hill