Michelle Obama Was ‘Turned Off’ by Behavior at Presidential Debate

Michelle Obama reacts to Tuesday night’s highly contentious presidential debate.

Wednesday on Instagram, the former first lady admitted to being “turned off” by the event, where President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden engaged in a fiery war of words over topics such as the economy, climate change, and the coronavirus pandemic.

“If you were turned off by the President’s behavior last night, I feel you. Believe me, I do,” the “Becoming” author began her message.

“But we can’t let him win by tuning out altogether. That’s what he wants. So turn those feelings into action—turn them into votes for my friend, @JoeBiden,” she said in her endorsement. “It’s the only way we can get out of this chaos and restore some stability to this country.”

Obama — who co-launched the When We All Vote initiative with Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw in 2018 — also encouraged fans to make sure their friends and family are registered to vote come Election Day on November 3.

“You can start by reaching out to everyone you know. Make sure they’re registered. Make sure they know how and when they’re going to vote,” she said. “And then follow up with them, every day, to make sure they cast their ballot. Because in this election, we’ve got to vote for Joe in numbers that cannot be denied.”

On Wednesday, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced they are adding “additional structure… to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues.”

Biden and Trump will return for a town-hall debate on Thursday, October 15, and a final debate on Thursday, October 22.

Vice President Mike Pence and California Senator Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate, will square off next week on October 7.

In an August 5 podcast, Obama revealed she suffered from “some form of low-grade depression” earlier this year in part because of our current political climate.

“Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting,” she told journalist Michele Norris.

However, Obama later clarified on Instagram that she is “doing just fine.”


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