Michelle Obama, the former first lady of the United States, said she suffers from a “low-grade depression” due to the COVID-19 quarantine, racial conflicts in the country, and the “hypocrisy” of Donald Trump administration.
Barack Obama’s wife made these comments on the latest episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast posted on Spotify.
“I am waking up in the middle of the night because I am worried about something or I feel heavy,” said the 56-year-old lawyer. “I try to make sure I get physical exercise, even though there have been periods during this quarantine where I have felt too low,” she said.
She defined “those emotional ups and downs” as something that “everyone feels, where you just don’t feel yourself.” “These are not satisfying times, spiritually,” she said. “I know I am dealing with some form of mild depression.” “Not only because of the quarantine, but because of the racial struggles, and just seeing this administration, seeing the hypocrisy, day after day, is discouraging,” she said.
Michelle and Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States, settled in Washington after leaving the White House in January 2017.
The former first lady also said that it is “exhausting” to wake up every day “to the story of a black man or a black person dehumanized in some way, hurt, killed or falsely accused of something.” “And this has given me a weight that I had not felt in a long time,” she said, although she recalled the United States had already passed other “difficult times.”
“We are at a unique moment in history,” she said. “We are living something that nobody in our lives has lived.” Michelle Obama, who had tremendous success with her book My Story, published in November 2018, launched her own podcast on July 29, exclusively on Spotify.