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Michelle Obama calls impeachment hearings ‘surreal’ during girls education trip in Vietnam


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Michelle Obama opened up on the presidential impeachment hearings calling the moves to oust President Donald Trump from office ‘surreal’, while assuring the public ‘we’ll come out stronger’.

The former First Lady spoke with host Jenna Bush Hager on the Today show on Monday as she visited Vietnam for her first public overseas trip since leaving the White House to promote girls’ education. 

When asked about her impression of the impeachment hearings she said: ‘It’s surreal I think. The last impeachment hearing, a lot of young people weren’t around for that. So this is all new, I don’t think people know what to make of it.’

‘But do I think we can come back from it? Oh yeah. We’ve seen worse times. We’ve seen tough times in this country. We’ve gone through depressions and wars and bombings and terrorist attacks and we’ve gone through Jim Crow – and we’ve always come out stronger.’ 

Michelle Obama opened up on the presidential impeachment hearings calling the moves to oust President Donald Trump from office ‘surreal’, while assuring the public ‘we’ll come stronger’ during an interview with the Today Show on Monday

'It's not an "us or them," it's not an "R or a D" ... We all want the same things, it's just sometimes that gets lost in the noise,' she said. She was interviewed in Vietnam where she's promoting girls' education along with Jenna Bush Hager and actress Julia Roberts

‘It’s not an “us or them,” it’s not an “R or a D” … We all want the same things, it’s just sometimes that gets lost in the noise,’ she said. She was interviewed in Vietnam where she’s promoting girls’ education along with Jenna Bush Hager and actress Julia Roberts

Michelle Obama spoke to female students at Can Giuoc high school in Long An province of Vietnam on Monday during a visit to promote education for adolescent girls

Michelle Obama spoke to female students at Can Giuoc high school in Long An province of Vietnam on Monday during a visit to promote education for adolescent girls

The former First Lady was all smiles as she mingled with students in Can Giuoc district

The former First Lady was all smiles as she mingled with students in Can Giuoc district

Obama, Julia Roberts and Hager talked with female students at the Can Giuoc high school in Long An province, Vietnam on Monday during her trip with the Obama Foundation's Girls Opportunity Alliance

Obama, Julia Roberts and Hager talked with female students at the Can Giuoc high school in Long An province, Vietnam on Monday during her trip with the Obama Foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance

‘And that’s what we have to continue to believe because what’s our choice? To ball up in a corner and call it a day? Well that’s not fair to this next generation coming before us that are counting on us to get this right,’ Obama said. 

Obama said the country can overcome the political divide the impeachment hearings have created. 

‘It’s not an “us or them,” it’s not an “R or a D” (Republican or Democrat), we are all here as part of this country. We all want the same things, it’s just sometimes that gets lost in the noise,’ she continued.

The 55-year-old Chicago native just wrapped up a wildly successful book tour for her memoir Becoming, but she says now she’s focusing on her true life’s passion: girls’ education across the globe.

She touched down in Vietnam with the Obama Foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance on December 9 along with Today anchor Hager and actress Julia Roberts. 

The purpose of the visit was ‘to meet with local girls education organizations and beneficiaries of programs that help adolescent girls reach their full potential through education,’ the Obama Foundation said in a news release.

In her trip she supported programs such as Room to Read, which has helped more than 6,000 girls in Vietnam stay in school.  

'The truth is that working on girls' education is what I want to do for the rest of my life until we fix this issue,' Obama said in her candid Monday interview

‘The truth is that working on girls’ education is what I want to do for the rest of my life until we fix this issue,’ Obama said in her candid Monday interview

Jenna Bush Hager and Julia Roberts pictured greeting students in Can Giuoc district, Long An province on Monday

Jenna Bush Hager and Julia Roberts pictured greeting students in Can Giuoc district, Long An province on Monday

'It's important for us to know more versions of what it means to be human, and we're seeing it in these girls,' Obama said

‘It’s important for us to know more versions of what it means to be human, and we’re seeing it in these girls,’ Obama said

The former First Lady glowed in pink as she embraced a student during their visit

The former First Lady glowed in pink as she embraced a student during their visit

Say cheese! The Chicago native smiled as she posed for a group picture with the high school students

Say cheese! The Chicago native smiled as she posed for a group picture with the high school students

Hager pictured embracing Vietnamese students on Monday

Hager pictured embracing Vietnamese students on Monday

Next-up the Obamas will stop in Malaysia on December 12 where Michelle Obama and Roberts will have an on-stage talk about their travels with the initiative

Next-up the Obamas will stop in Malaysia on December 12 where Michelle Obama and Roberts will have an on-stage talk about their travels with the initiative

‘I mean, yeah, the book was something I did. It was wonderful, the response, I’m humbled by it, but the truth is that working on girls’ education is what I want to do for the rest of my life until we fix this issue,’ Obama as she strolled with Hager on the grounds of a local school. 

‘It’s important for us to know more versions of what it means to be human, and we’re seeing it in these girls,’ she added. 

Obama opened up about her life with Barack post-presidency, revealing they travel together and can fully appreciate their visits now that they’re empty-nesters as their daughter Sasha and Malia are in college at the University of Michigan and Harvard University respectively.  

‘The beauty of post presidential travel is we aren’t trying to do everything in two days. I say I traveled the world but I spent eight years in freight elevators, going in back stairwells. Been to India twice, both times when there were no people on the streets,’ she said. 

Obama opened up about her life with Barack post-presidency, revealing they travel together and can fully appreciate their visits now that they're empty-nesters as their daughter Sasha (second left) and Malia (right) are in college at the University of Michigan and Harvard University respectively.

Obama opened up about her life with Barack post-presidency, revealing they travel together and can fully appreciate their visits now that they’re empty-nesters as their daughter Sasha (second left) and Malia (right) are in college at the University of Michigan and Harvard University respectively. 

‘Barack and I rarely traveled together because we didn’t want to leave the kids at the time. But now that we’re empty-nesters, we’re just sort of living our lives and taking our time and taking some of the sights in and being with each other. It’s kind of neat,’ she added. 

Next-up for the former presidential couple is a stop in Malaysia on December 12 where Michelle Obama and Roberts for an on-stage talk about their travels with the initiative.

The second part of Hager’s interview with Obama will air on the Today show on Tuesday and Wednesday, including stories from her visits in Vietnam and her thoughts on the upcoming election.  

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