Michelle Obama 'Throwing Shade' at Trump Admin: We Had a Higher Bar—'Not Getting Indicted...Telling the Truth'

Michelle Obama described how difficult it was to meet expectations during her husband's time in the White House, while taking a sly shot at the "new bar" that the current administration had to meet.

The former first lady spoke at a sold-out event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Wednesday night as part of her book tour for her already hugely successful memoir, Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama.

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Interviewed onstage by actress Sarah Jessica Parker, Obama only briefly mentioned President Donald Trump and the investigations surrounding him, talking more about the pressures she and Barack Obama faced after his election as America's first black president.

"Oftentimes, when you're the first or the only, the bar shifts a lot, right? The bar gets set, you meet it, exceed it, they move the bar, and we're watching that right now—the bar's just swinging, and swinging," she told the crowd, as reported by The Associated Press.

"It's a totally new bar—never seen this bar before, ever. But when we were in office, our bar was very different—not getting indicted, and telling the truth," she quipped.

Later during the talk, Obama, 54, said: "This is going to be reported on—'Michelle Obama throwing shade,'" she said to laughter. "These are just facts!"

While Michelle and Barack Obama have attacked Trump less directly than others have since he took up residence in the White House, in Becoming, the former first lady said she would "never forgive" Trump for fueling the birther conspiracy theory, which she said could have had deadly consequences for her family.

"The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed," she wrote.

"But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks. What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family's safety at risk. And for this I'd never forgive."

During the Becoming talk, Obama said she knew her outfits would be under constant scrutiny during her time as first lady.

"I did know that my clothes were making a statement, I knew that was the case. So we decided why don't we use this platform to uplift some young new designers who normally wouldn't get this kind of attention, because you can change their lives, which is one of the reasons why we chose Jason Wu for my inaugural gown."

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Former first lady Michelle Obama discusses her memoir, "Becoming," at Barclays Center on December 19, in Brooklyn, New York. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images
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