Former First Lady Michelle Obama made a heist at the Trump White House this week in an episode of “The Michelle Obama Podcast” on Spotify.
Obama said she and her husband, former President Barack Obama, have faced too much pressure from their “community” to be able to replicate unspecified actions by the Trump administration.
“When we were in the White House, we could never get away with some of the things that are happening now,” he said.
“Not because of the public,” he added, “but our community wouldn’t accept it. You worked, you did your best every day. You introduced yourself. “
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Obama, 56, was joined on the podcast by her mother, Marian Robinson, 83, and her older brother, Craig Robinson, 58, in a discussion that was mostly about parenting, according to The Hill.
Part of the conversation involved interactions between African Americans and police officers, including an incident stemming from the family’s experience.
Craig Robinson, executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, said police once accused him of stealing his bike when he was a kid.
Robinson said the incident left him disillusioned because he was “always taught that the police are your friend … and that they will believe the truth.”
He later claimed that police officers might have acted differently had they known they would soon be confronting his mother, according to People magazine.
“You know what Mom is like,” he told Michelle. “Mum said to me: ‘Come in the house.’ You know how when she’s ready to talk to someone, she says, “Okay, go into the house.” And all I could think about was this guy is going to figure it out. “
Michelle Obama added that many people she knows have had “some sort of accident where they were just going about their business but living black, and they were accused of something.”
He added that many black families teach their children “you must be better than, you must be 10 times better than” others, due to the prejudice and mistreatment they are likely to face in life.
The former first lady added that such experiences among blacks help explain the riots that have erupted nationwide since George Floyd’s May 25 death in police custody in Minneapolis.
“The fact that there are people out there who treat us less than, when we’re working so hard to be better than, is where the pain comes from,” Obama said. “This is what these young people are so angry about.”
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Earlier this week, conservatives called on Barack and Michelle Obama to use their links to the Netflix streaming service to fight the controversial “Cuties” movie, which critics say sexualizes and exploits young girls.
The Obamas in 2019 signed a deal said to be worth $ 50 million to produce content for Netflix, which streamed “Cuties.”