Former first lady Michelle Obama may have taken a few jabs at President Donald Trump while speaking at a conference in Pennsylvania.
Obama appeared at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Oct. 3, and spoke about the different lessons young people will learn from her husband’s presidency and Trump’s, CNN reported.
“Many of the young people today, they only know Barack Obama as their president and what that standard felt like and what kind of messages were being talked about,” Obama told the audience. “They grew up only under hope and possibility and options and opportunity and creating more space. I think they will feel some of what’s happening now as intrinsically not what they were taught.”
Despite those differences, Obama remained hopeful of the leadership potential of the next generation.
“They are more open, in ways. I think they are less tolerant of obvious inequities,” the former first lady said. “I think that this generation will look at what is happening now in the world and they will say, ‘This doesn’t feel right because this wasn’t what I was taught.'”
Obama said the Obama Presidential Center, which the University of Chicago will host, will seek to develop policies to encourage young leaders, and to teach them to maximize their potential. She added that it is important to welcome new ideas and perspectives.
“It’s a feeling of color, almost. On one side of the room, it’s literally gray and white, literally, that’s the color palette on one side of the room,” Obama recalled of her time at Capitol Hill for the State of the Union address.
“On the other side of the room, there’s yellows and blues and whites and greens, physically there’s a difference in color in the tone. Because one side, all men, all white. On the other side, some women, some people of color. And I look at that and I go, no wonder. No wonder we struggle. No wonder we don’t trust politics. But it’s not just politics.”
Obama also reflected on life after her husband’s presidency.