“The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks,” she writes, according to the Post, which obtained an early copy of the book. It will be released next Tuesday.
“What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls?,” she adds. “Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”
Obama also describes her private struggles and triumphs in the book, including her romance with her husband, their difficulties having children — including a miscarriage and that their daughters were conceived through in vitro fertilization — and her work to make the Office of the First Lady her own, the Post reports.
Shonda Rhimes, the producer behind the television shows “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” praised the memoir as trailblazing yet relatable.
“I don’t think anybody will be necessarily prepared to read a memoir like this — especially coming from a first lady,” Rhimes told the Post, having read an advance copy of “Becoming.”
“I was very surprised, pleasantly surprised, by the level of candor and the level at which she opened herself up,” she added. “I love the honesty and the humor and the beauty with which she addressed the romance of her marriage and the tribulations of her marriage and motherhood, and all of those things that we as women all can relate to.”
“I’ve never been a fan of politics, and my experience over the last ten years has done little to change that,” she writes according to the Post. “I continue to be put off by the nastiness.”