Obama recalls 2016 speech during book tour condemning Trump

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Michelle Obama said she felt anxious before giving her emotional New Hampshire speech in 2016 condemning President Donald Trump for bragging about sexually assaulting a woman in a recording more than a decade ago.

The former First Lady recalled that she needed to address Trump's comments on the infamous 2005 "Hollywood Access" tape while sitting on stage with "Black-ish" actor Tracee Ellis Ross at The Forum near Los Angeles on Thursday night. She made her second stop to promote her best-selling book "Becoming," which released this week.

"When I'm telling the truth, I'm not afraid," Obama said. "I was anxious about giving it. I know how I feel, and what I wanted to do at that time was take women to that place where we know how we feel when we are demeaned. We have all experienced that at some point in time. Women don't have the platform to say it out loud."

Obama never mentioned Trump's name, but said she "hated bullies." She told a sold-out crowd that she wrote the outline of the speech while sitting in a waiting room as her mother was having back surgery.

Obama ended up giving the speech during a campaign trail in support of Hillary Clinton.

"I don't know if men really understand what we bare as women," she said. "The sad thing is that women aren't safe in this world. We are at-risk to be cut all the time. I wanted to bring voice to women who know what that feels like. You're just putting up with some man's voice saying some stuff that is inappropriate and out of line, and they think it's a joke. It has a lasting impact. ... You have the power to vote against it."

Obama said she was ready to give the speech, adding: "I really didn't care. It was also second term. I was like 'I'm done with caring what people think.' It's time to put some truth out there."

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Michelle Obama and Hota Kotb Celebrate International Day of the Girl on NBC's 'TODAY' at Rockefeller Plaza on October 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Karlie Kloss, Zendaya, Kelly Clarkson, Freida Pinto,and Michelle Obama ainor take a selfie while they Celebrate International Day of the Girl on NBC's 'TODAY' at Rockefeller Plaza on October 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
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CORAL GABLES, FL - SEPTEMBER 28: Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a 'When We All Vote Rally' in Miami at the Watsco Center at the University of Miami on September 28, 2018 in Carol Gables, Florida. (Photo by Thaddaeus McAdams/FilmMagic)
CORAL GABLES, FL - SEPTEMBER 28: Former United States of America First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a 'When We All Vote Rally' in Miami at the Watsco Center at the University of Miami on September 28, 2018 in Carol Gables, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/FilmMagic)
CORAL GABLES, FL - SEPTEMBER 28: Former United States of America First Lady Michelle Obama is seen participating in the 'When We All Vote Rally' at Watsco Center at the University of Miami on September 28, 2018 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 23: Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during a rally for When We All Vote's National Week of Action at Chaparral High School on September 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Obama is the founder and a co-chairwoman of the organization that aims to help people register and to vote. Early voting for the 2018 midterm elections in Nevada begins on October 20. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 22: Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama speaks during the Opening General Session of the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 22, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 21: Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama speaks during the Opening General Session of the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 21, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 05: Former First Lady of The United States Michelle Obama (L) and actress Tracee Ellis Ross have a conversation on stage at The United State of Women Summit 2018 - Day 1 on May 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
Former US first lady Michelle Obama (L) and actress/activist Tracee Ellis Ross attend the United State of Women Summit at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, on May 5, 2018. (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Michelle Obama is joined by students, stars, performing artists and athletes for the fifth annual College Signing Day, hosted by Reach Higher, at Temple Universitys Liacouras Center in North Philadelphia, on May 2, 2018. The Former First Lady is joined by 7.000 students and (on stage) stars, performing artists and athletes including Bradley Cooper, Rebel Wilson, Zendaya, Robert De Niro, Camila Cabello, Questlove, Anthony Mackie and Janelle Monae. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 12: Former First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Barack Obama are seen after their portraits were unveiled at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery on Monday February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. The former President's portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley while the former First Lady's portrait was painted by Amy Sherald. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 12: Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama participates in the unveiling of her official portrait during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. The portraits were commissioned by the Gallery, for Kehinde Wiley to create President Obama's portrait, and Amy Sherald that of Michelle Obama. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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(Center L-R): Kristen Perry of Chicago, Ill., former First Lady Of the U.S. Michelle Obama, and other school counselors, pose for a photo after the 2018 School Counselor of the Year awards ceremony, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Obama entered the stage to Alicia Key's "Girl on Fire" in her second stop of her 12-stop arena book tour. She kicked off her tour in a talk with Oprah Winfrey in Chicago.

Ten percent of ticket costs are being donated to local charities, schools and community groups.

Much of the 90-minute conversation between Obama and Ross was filled with laughter. They talked about Obama having a panic attack, getting marriage counseling and joked about her husband-former President Barack Obama's walk being "sexy" but annoyingly slow sometimes.

In the book, Obama said she mentions a time when she had a fist fight with a girl while growing up on Chicago's South Side.

"You did? A physical fight?" Ross asked.

"Yeah, I talk about it in the book. What other kind of fight — you see, this is Tracee. 'A physical fight. With your hands," Obama replied.

Obama added: "Those are the only fights you had on the south side. What? You thought people were debating? No, girl. We were throwing down — like, kickin'."

The former First Lady's husband, daughters, mother and brother gave their impressions of her maturation a video montage. Her mom talked about how her daughter initially disliked politics and Barack said he showed up to their first date late.

Earlier Thursday, Obama made a surprise visit to an early education center located in Skid Row in the downtown Los Angeles. She spent time reading with a group of four-year-old children from an underserved area of the city.

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