Former first lady Michelle Obama suggested this Friday that President Trump‘s demeanor in office is in return making teaching a difficult profession in a speech to teachers at the Kennedy Center.
During her recent remarks, Obama claimed that that poor behavior in the public square was making the profession harder, as it was being reflected more in U.S. students.
“Trust me, I know this work isn’t easy. Especially right now,” Obama said Friday. “I know there’s a lot of anxiety out there. And there’s no denying our kids, what they see on TV, the kind of behavior being modeled in public life, that, yes impacts their behavior and their character.”
“But at times like this, the work that you all are doing is even more urgent. Even more critically important. You all have the power to teach kids what it means to go high when others go low,” she added to applause.
The comments mark some of the former first lady’s most politically charged comments since leaving office last January.
She also went into depths about America’s “anxiety” in a recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres on the host’s daytime talk show.
“People are afraid, but then there are people who feel good about the direction of the country, so I mean, that’s what makes this country complicated because it’s made up of so many different people from different backgrounds,” Obama told DeGeneres, when asked what advice she’d give people who find the world to be a “scary place right now.”
“So, let’s just keep living our lives like that every single day and forget what they’re saying in Washington. That’s not necessarily who we are. We know who we are,” she added.