Michelle Obama Faces Backlash For Joke Comparing Trump's Presidency To A Divorced Dad
Some have even written op-eds against Obama’s remark.
The comment, made during a stop in London on her book tour for her memoir Becoming, came about while she was speaking with Stephen Colbert, who was the host of the stop.
“America is like a teenager,” Colbert began, with Obama agreeing before adding, “We are a teenager, we talked about this, we’re like a teenage country.”
“And we’re confused ’cause our body is changing,” Colbert joked.
Here is Michelle Obama comparing Trump to a “divorced dad” on stage in London last night and Stephen Colbert even doing a hilarious apparent impression of the president @MichelleObama @L8ShowColbert #iambecoming pic.twitter.com/F3OgggWpVW
— Maya Oppenheim (@MayaOppenheim) April 15, 2019
“We’re changing all over the place. And we come from a broken family. We’re a teenager, where we’re a little unsettled and having good parents is tough. Sometimes you spend weekends with divorced dad and that feels like it’s fun but then you get sick — that’s what America’s going through. We’re kind of living with divorced dad right now,” Obama replied.
Colbert then laughed and proceeded to do a Trump impersonation.
Since video of the exchange surfaced on social media, Obama’s joke has divided some. Dana Bash, a CNN anchor, called it “unremarkably woke,” while various men identifying as divorced fathers on Twitter have also voiced their displeasure with the comment.
On Fatherly, a website that calls itself a “media brand for dads,” a writer by the name Jordan Shapiro, a divorced father of two, wrote an op-ed titled, “Dear Michelle Obama: Divorced Dads Aren’t Bad Parents.”
But some have also come to Obama’s defense, noting that the remark was made in the context of a joke and with someone who is a comedian.
Michelle Obama likens the state of our country to being a teenager, with divorced parents and you get sick while you're at divorced Dad's, who can't take care of anyone. (via @Independent)
Important to note, she's speaking to a comedian here and it's a joke..a pretty good one. pic.twitter.com/J6Jfhi7k4E
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) April 17, 2019
Elsewhere in Obama and Colbert’s conversation, the two spoke about how Barack Obama never faced any indictments during his presidency.
“Let’s just stop and think about — for anybody who had problems with Barack Obama — what we were troubled by. There were never any indictments,” she said according to The Guardian.