- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 6, 2020

Former first lady Michelle Obama revealed on her new podcast that she’s suffering from “some form of low-grade depression,” partly due to the “hypocrisy” she’s witnessed from the Trump administration.

Speaking Wednesday with Washington Post opinion columnist Michele Norris, Mrs. Obama said the coronavirus pandemic and the racial unrest plaguing the nation in recent months can feel “heavy” at times.

“I’m waking up in the middle of the night because I’m worried about something or there’s a heaviness,” she said.

“These are … not fulfilling times, spiritually,” she continued. “I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression, not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it day in and day out is dispiriting.”

Mrs. Obama partly credited her emotional low point to the national racial unrest sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd and the Trump administration’s response to it.

“I’d be remiss to say part of this depression is also a result of what we’re seeing in terms of the protests, the continued racial unrest that has plagued this country since its birth,” she said. “I have to say that waking up to the news, waking up to how this administration has or has not responded, waking up to another story of a Black man or a Black person being dehumanized or hurt is a weight that I haven’t felt in my life in a while.”

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