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Trump is just like a neglectful parent, says ex-First Lady

By Staff Reporter

Former US First Lady Michelle Obama has compared Donald Trump to a neglectful parent who lets their children gorge on sweets all day, and stay up late.

The former First Lady used the parenting metaphor to compare her husband's presidency to that of his successor.

"I think what we see is what happens when we take things for granted.

"For the eight years Barack was president, it was like having the 'good parent' at home," she said at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston - "the responsible parent, the one who told you to eat your carrots and go to bed on time.

"And now we have the other parent. We thought it'd feel fun, maybe it feels fun for now because we can eat candy all day and stay up late, and not follow the rules."

Ms Obama, who has taken a number of swipes at Mr Trump without explicitly naming him, said she had learned a great deal about the virtues of patience from her husband, saying: "I think about what I've learned from my husband, and I've learned watching him be a leader. And a lot of what I've learned about temperament and patience, that really comes from him. I think he was born with that DNA."

She added: "What I learned is that as he said, the arc of history is long, and what we're here to do is make a mark.

"And you do what you do because you know it's the right thing to do, not because you'll get credit for it, or because it says something about your personal legacy. You do the work because you're slowly moving the needle. There are times in history when we feel like you're going backwards, but that's part of the growth."

Ms Obama who enjoyed consistently high popularity ratings as First Lady, will publish her memoir, Becoming, on November 13.

Penguin Random House will release the book in 24 languages after gaining world publishing rights to both the Obamas' memoirs in a deal rumoured to be worth $65m (£46m).

Meanwhile, current US President Donald Trump has revealed he plans to skip the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, marking the second year he has shunned the glitzy gathering of Washington journalists.

White House Correspondents' Association president Margaret Talev said in a statement: "The White House has informed us that the President does not plan to participate in this year's dinner, but that he will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend".

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