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Michelle Obama says ‘everyone was concerned’ about potential violence at Biden inauguration

Michelle Obama says despite it being a “glorious” day, “everyone was concerned” about the potential for more violence at President Biden’s inauguration following the Jan. 6 siege at the Capitol.

“The sun was shining. The mood was wonderful. But it was also mixed,” Obama said of the inaugural ceremony, in an interview Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The sit-down with Robin Roberts marked Obama’s first comments since Inauguration Day.

Following the deadly violence at the Capitol, when a mob of supporters of then-President Trump stormed the building in an unsuccessful attempt to halt Congress’s certification of the Electoral College, Obama said,
“I think everyone was concerned about more riots, but we were assured that things were under control.”

“When you see fellow Americans storming the Capitol, that sits with you,” Obama told Roberts. “That reality was with us on that stage,” she said.

“But to watch our friend Joe Biden and Jill [Biden] stand there with their beautiful family, to see [Vice President Kamala Harris] and her family standing there, brave and bold, knowing that they were taking on a massive amount of responsibility to get this country back on track.”

The former first lady heaped praise on Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old who recited a searing inaugural poem she penned, “The Hill We Climb,” after Biden and Harris were sworn in.

“I was proud and moved almost to tears to hear, not just her words, but the confidence with which she delivered,” Obama said.

“I know there are many, many Amanda Gormans,” Obama, 57, continued. “I’m just proud when one of them gets a chance to be seen and the rest of the nation and the world gets to see, yup, a lotta Black folks contribute to this country. A lot of Black folks have made this country what it is today.”

Promoting an edition of her bestselling 2018 book “Becoming” adapted for young readers, Obama responded to a question from Roberts about “who she is becoming now.”

“I’m becoming more free,” Obama replied. “And I hope I’m becoming smarter and wiser and more patient. I hope I’m becoming someone that is comfortable getting out of the way, so the next generation can take the seat that I’m sitting in.”

Tags Amanda Gorman Biden inauguration Capitol breach Capitol riot Donald Trump Inauguration Inauguration day Joe Biden Michelle Obama Robin Roberts the hill we climb

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