The Coronavirus pandemic, ongoing racism, and the inauguration of US President Donald Trump have left the former First Lady Michelle Obama on the mind.
She is suffering from a “form of mild depression,” the 56-year-old said in the latest episode of her podcast, released on Wednesday. “I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night because I am worried about something or because I am heavy.”
She experiences “emotional ups and downs” like everyone else and sometimes does not feel like herself, said the wife of the first black US President Barack Obama. The current times are not edifying. “Not just because of the quarantine, but because of racism, and just seeing this government, its hypocrisy, day after day, that’s depressing.”
It is also “exhausting” to keep hearing how a black man is “dehumanized, injured, killed, or falsely accused,” said Michelle Obama. “That has led to a severity that I have not felt in a long time in my life.”
The former First Lady, who lived with her husband and two daughters in the White House between 2009 and 2017, recalled that the United States had weathered “difficult times”. “We are at an unprecedented moment in history,” said Obama. “We are going through a phase that nobody has lived through in our lifetime.”
In the election year 2020, the United States was struck and split like it hadn’t been for a long time. The corona virus pandemic has killed more than 157,000 people in the country, by far the highest number in the world. The death of African-American George Floyd in a brutal police operation at the end of May has also sparked a heated debate about racism and police violence against blacks.
Trump is now accused of failing to deal with Corona and deliberately fueling tensions in the country. The right-wing populist wants to be re-elected for a second term in November.