Despite her consistent popularity across much of the United States, former first lady Michelle Obama has a habit of occasionally exposing her apparent elitist attitude.
As a recent example, a joke she told about the supposed constraints of life inside the White House is being widely criticized as tone-deaf.
“Like living in a nice older hotel”
During an appearance on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Obama compared the eight years she spent as first lady to the isolation of quarantines and lockdowns that Americans continue to endure more than a year after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her attempt at humor was part of her on-air conversation with host Trevor Noah regarding the relief and freedom she has enjoyed since her husband, former President Barack Obama, left the White House more than four years ago.
“Living in the White House is like living in a nice older hotel, where you can’t get out unless you call 20 people,” she said.
Noah went on to suggest that Obama was “living a sort of ‘quarantine life'” even before the current public health crisis.
“Well, this is what I tell people!” she shot back. “This is why — we’re fine — Barack and I are like, ‘What, you can’t go out, just when you want to?’ We’ve been doing that for eight years.”
“Every time we went out”
Further describing her experience as first lady, Obama said that she had full-time personal security and was required to consider how her “movements impact the rest of the world.”
On a practical level, she noted that it required substantial planning and forethought, adding: “Every time we went out, we had to think about it, it’s like, who’s going to have to shut down what gate, how is this going to disrupt this whole community because the presidential motorcade is coming through. We have to worry about agents and not doing something that will put them in harm’s way.”
As a result, she declared herself “good in quarantine,” telling Americans that “this is what it’s been like” during her eight years in the White House.
While it might be obvious to many viewers that comparing life in the White House to being forced to live under government-imposed lockdowns is evidence of how out-of-touch Obama is, this was not her only questionable remark of the week.
In an interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show, she joked that she was “tired” of her husband and needed to get away from him. Not only did it belie the fact that the elite Democrat could likely travel wherever she desired, but her comment also came on the heels of new evidence that domestic violence has surged over the past year as victims have been forced to live in constant close quarters with their abusers.