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‘Yeah, that was tough’: Michelle jokes about Melania’s plagiarism episode

world Updated: Sep 22, 2016 00:37 IST
Michelle Obama

Parts of Donald Trump’s wife Melania's speech to a Republican National Convention were lifted verbatim from remarks Michelle Obama made in 2008.(Reuters file combo)

US First Lady Michelle Obama took a dig at the allegedly plagiarised speech by Donald Trump’s wife Melania during the party’s Republican National Convention last month.

Michelle, who made her second appearance on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, was asked if she was sympathetic to the plight of a fellow political spouse.

“Do you understand how that might be sympathetic, for what happened to her?” the CBS host asked.

“Yeah, that was tough,” Michelle deadpanned, prompting laughs from the audience.

In an embarrassment to the Republican nominee and real estate tycoon, parts of speech of his wife at the convention in July were lifted verbatim from remarks Michelle made in 2008.

Michelle also spilled some beans on husband President Barack Obama’s off-duty demeanor, saying he is “really into gossip”.

In a preview clip from the episode that will air on Star World Premiere in India on Thursday, she says the president tries to set his work aside and focus on his family when he crosses the threshold into the executive residence.

“It’s all about the kids,” she said. “How were your days, what’s going on, what’s the latest gossip? He’s really into gossip, so you can get him really focused because he doesn’t have a life.”

The 52-year-old First Lady also asked Colbert a very serious question: “If you got stuck on a desert island with one famous person, who’d you pick?” And Colbert immediately picked the US president. When he asked Michelle “How about you?” She said “Beyonce”.

Colbert went on to ask, with an added dig at Donald Trump, “Do you know that if you eat too many carrots, you turn orange? And if you turn really orange, you have to start saying crazy things and run for president.”

Colbert also asked the first lady if she was sympathetic to political spouses who are required to stand behind partners whose political beliefs are antithetical to their own - a premise Michelle flatly rejected.

“Do you have any sympathy for the people who have to go there and stand by the person running for president?”

“No,” Michelle replied. “Because if - you know, you have to be, you know, in it. If you’re in it, and if you don’t agree, you should have agreed before they ran. Bottom line is, if you didn’t agree with what Barack was saying, I would not support his run. So I stand there proudly, and I hope they are, too, standing with their spouses proudly. So no, no sympathy.”

He also asked Michelle what it would be like to leave the White House, but she was not as sentimental as he might have guessed.

“It’s definitely bittersweet,” she said, before adding, “but I’ve made my kids start packing their rooms already.”

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