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Michelle Obama says she sobbed for thirty minutes after Trump sworn in and Obamas left WH

By Ben Marquis
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March 7, 2023

It is no secret that former first lady Michelle Obama was less than thrilled that former President Donald Trump was elected as the successor to her husband, former President Barack Obama, but now she has revealed just how upset she truly was on Trump's Inauguration Day in 2017.

In a new podcast, Obama admitted that there was "uncontrollable sobbing" for about half an hour after she boarded Air Force One to leave Washington D.C. for the final time, the Daily Mail reported.

That admission came during a discussion with NBC News host Hoda Kotb in the debut episode for a new program on Amazon Audible called "Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast," which is in reference to her most recent best-selling book "The Light We Carry."

The "emotional" day of Trump's inauguration

People magazine received an exclusive sneak peek at the new podcast for former first lady Obama and shared what she had to say about her recollection of former President Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.

"That day was so emotional for so many different reasons," Obama told Kotb. "We were leaving the home we had been in for eight years, the only home our kids really knew."

"They remembered Chicago but they had spent more time in the White House than anywhere, so we were saying goodbye to the staff and all the people who helped to raise them," she continued in reference to her now-adult daughters Sasha and Malia.

"I cried for 30 minutes straight"

Obama went on to criticize the lack of "diversity" and "color" of the incoming Trump administration and said of her apparent demeanor that day, "Many people took pictures of me and they're like, 'You weren't in a good mood?' No, I was not! But you had to hold it together like you do for eight years."

She also seemed to suggest that Trump's Inauguration Day crowd size was not as big as had been claimed, based on the view she had of the scene on the ground as she flew overhead afterward in the Marine One helicopter.

Obama then revealed what happened after her family was fully onboard Air Force One for the final time, and said, "When those doors shut, I cried for 30 minutes straight, uncontrollable sobbing, because that's how much we were holding it together for eight years."

New deal with Amazon Audible

The Daily Mail reported that former first lady Obama's new podcast on Amazon Audible comes after negotiations fell through with Spotify last year on a renewal of that streaming platform's previous multi-million dollar exclusive deal with the former first couple.

Bloomberg News reported in April 2022 that the Obama family's production company, Higher Ground, had declined to sign a renewed deal with Spotify and instead was shopping around with other streaming platforms for a new agreement, and was in negotiations with both Amazon Audible and iHeartRadio.

Per that report, the Obamas were seeking less exclusivity and more flexibility in being able to produce multiple shows that could be streamed on multiple platforms.

That was pretty much the opposite of what Spotify had been seeking in its original 2019 deal with the former first couple, as it sought to exclusively host more episodes of more programs featuring just Michelle or Barack.

Meanwhile, Higher Ground productions wanted to feature other individuals aside from the Obamas and to be able to spread the new programs broader than just the Spotify audience.

Conversations from the book tour

It is unclear how much the Obama family's new deal with Amazon Audible is worth, but People noted that the former first lady's new podcast will only be exclusive to Audible for two weeks before it can then appear on other streaming platforms.

This new program features discussions between the former first lady and some of the celebrities she met and spoke with on her 2022 book tour, including Kotb along with Ellen DeGeneres, Gayle King, and Oprah Winfrey, as well as Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, and Tyler Perry.

The Light podcast first debuted on March 7 and will reportedly release a new episode every week for the next two months.