Obama spoke with ABC News in a wide-ranging interview.
She recalled in her book, "Becoming," watching her husband step aside for Trump on Jan. 20, 2017.
She wrote in the book that "the vibrant diversity of the two previous inaugurations was gone…Someone from Barack’s administration might have said that the optics were bad—that what the public saw didn’t reflect the president’s reality or ideals. But in this case, maybe it did. Realizing it, I made my own optic adjustment. I stopped even trying to smile."
In her memoir, "Becoming," Obama reportedly derides the so-called "birther" conspiracy as thinly-veiled racism.
"The whole thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed," reads an excerpt, according to the report. 'But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks."