Former First Lady Michelle Obama recently admitted to experiencing a veritable meltdown following the inauguration of her husband's successor.
According to CNN, Obama made the admission during an episode of" The Light Podcast," which aired earlier this week.
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The former first lady recalled how after boarding her plane, she "cried for 30 minutes straight, uncontrollable sobbing, because that's how much we were holding it together for eight years."
"After the inauguration -- and we know whose inauguration we were at -- that day was so emotional for so many different reasons," Obama continued.
She stressed that her family was "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," Obama explained.
The former first lady also implicitly mocked claims made by former President Donald Trump's about the size of his inauguration audience.
"You take your last flight off, flying over the Capitol, where there weren't that many people there. We saw it," Obama remarked.
CNN noted that the audio for Obama's podcast was recorded during her book tour and features such guests as Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, David Letterman and Conan O'Brien.
The former first lady has largely stayed out of day-to-day political concerns and has instead focused on such matters as health struggles faced by post-menopausal women.
Nevertheless, some observers have suggested that Mrs. Obama could be a powerful presidential contender in 2024 should President Joe Biden not seek reelection.
They include Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who told his viewers in January that they may "see a whole lot more of Michelle Obama in the next two years."
"In fact, if you didn't know any better, if you were visiting this country from a foreign land trying to figure out what's going on in the U.S., you might mistake what Michelle Obama is doing right now for the beginnings of a presidential campaign," he said.