Former First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off her 12-city book tour in her hometown of Chicago Tuesday (Nov. 13) to promote her memoir Becoming. Sitting inside the Bulls’ arena, Obama was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and the two discussed excerpts from the book that’s quickly becoming a bestseller.
A lot of speculation was made about Obama’s stoic position during Donald Trump’s inauguration. While Barack Obama smiled and was even photographed speaking to Trump, Mrs. Obama kept a quiet distance. As the former first family boarded the plane, Obama revealed to Winfrey that after eight years of harsh criticism and constantly being in the public eye, she finally let out a sigh of relief.
“When I got on the plane, I sobbed for 30 minutes,” Obama said. “I think it was just the release of eight years trying to do everything perfectly.”
During the 90-minute conversation, Obama said her tears weren’t about Trump. She then turned to Barack, now a former president, and confided in him about just how difficult their time in office was.
“I said to Barack, ‘That was so hard, what we just did. That was so hard.’ “
The Becoming book tour will stop off in Inglewood, California Thursday (Nov. 15) Washington, D.C.Nov. 25 and will be at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center Dec. 1.