Michelle Obama blasts 'misogynist' Trump in new book

Michelle Obama Photograph:( Instagram )

WION Web Team Washington, DC, USA Nov 09, 2018, 11.42 AM (IST)

Michelle Obama has denounced US President Donald Trump's "birther" campaign which questioned her husband and former US President Barack Obama, calling it bigoted and dangeous.

In her memoir "Becoming", set to come out on Tuesday, Michelle has blasted Trump writing how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to "block it all out".

According to the Associated Press, Michelle has expressed disbelief in her memoir over how so many women would choose a "misogynist" over Hillary Clinton, "an exceptionally qualified female candidate". She remembers in the book how her body "buzzed with fury" after seeing the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape, in which Trump brags about sexually assaulting women.

In "Becoming", Obama has shared both pain and joy. She has written lovingly of her family and given a detailed account of her courtship with her future husband, whom she met when both were at the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin LLP; she was initially his adviser.

The former US first lady is about to embark on a book tour titled 'Becoming: An intimate conversation with Michelle Obama'. Reflecting on her memoir, Michelle will chronicle the experiences that have shaped her life, from her childhood on the south side of Chicago to her time spent at the White House.

In the meanwhile, Michelle's UK fans were left disappointed after tickets to her book talk quickly sold out. They have emerged on secondary ticketing sites priced $13,000 each or Rs 9.5 lakh.

More than 60,000 people rushed to buy the tickets although the London venue can seat just 2700 people.

Widely praised as a gifted orator and communicator, Michelle Obama has long said she has no interest in running for office, although she held a few campaign-style rallies before the midterms urging people to register to vote. The rallies were part of her work as co-chairman of the nonpartisan, non-profit organization When We All Vote.

Last year, she launched a programme to help empower girls worldwide through education. The Global Girls Alliance aims to support more than 1,500 grassroots organizations combating the challenges girls encounter in their communities.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Widely praised as a gifted orator and communicator, Michelle Obama has long said she has no interest in running for office.