Michelle Obama: ‘I could tell’ if Trump or Obama had larger inauguration crowd
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Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaAn immigrant to get the job done at Homeland Security Obama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle Obama sold record-breaking 1.7 million copies of memoir in first week MORE said she could tell that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE's inauguration crowd size was smaller than her husband’s previous crowds.

A clip from the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” released Thursday showed DeGeneres asking Obama about the three previous presidential inaugurations she had attended.


“Two of ours and one of someone else,” Obama said with a smile as the crowd laughed.

DeGeneres said Obama had “pretty good seats” at those inaugurations and asked if the former first lady could judge who had bigger crowd sizes.

“I could tell,” she responded with laugh, without elaborating.


The debate over the crowd size at Trump’s Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration set off an early feud between the media and then-press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerRealClearPolitics editor corrects Giuliani on Pennsylvania claim: 'This is false' Job-seeking Trump officials likely to get chilly reception on K Street Trump challenges electoral process as hopes for victory fade MORE.

Spicer inaccurately claimed a day after the inauguration that Trump had “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.”

He later admitted that he “screwed that up" when discussing the size of the crowd. 

Obama, who has mostly refrained from openly criticizing Trump since leaving the White House, opened up in her new memoir about how she felt on the day of Trump’s inauguration.

She said she “stopped even trying to smile” during his swearing-in ceremony.

“Someone from Barack’s administration might have said that the optics there were bad, that what the public saw didn’t reflect the president’s reality or ideals, ” she wrote. “But in this case, maybe it did.”

“Realizing it, I made my own optic adjustment,” she continued. “I stopped even trying to smile.”

Her new book, “Becoming,” was released on Tuesday.