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Michelle Obama Talks 2020 Presidential Election

"I think, at this point, everybody's qualified and everyone should run," Obama said, in jest. "I might even tap Sasha!"

We've never had a POTUS and FLOTUS like the Obama's before, and we've never had a Trump before. Two very different presidencies, one wrought with bigotry, racism and rampant white supremacy, and scandal, the other full of hope, unity and service. Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama says we need to pay attention to who is qualified in the next presidential election.

"I implored people to focus and think about what it takes to be commander-in-chief," Obama told Robin Roberts in a "20/20" interview, in reference to women electing a misogynist in 2016 instead of a qualified female candidate.

She expressed the importance of voting, but went beyond that to describe the kind of person qualified to run this country.

"The commander in chief needs to have discipline, and read, and be knowledgeable. You need to know history, you need to be careful with your words," she said.

"I'm going to be looking to see who handles themselves and each other with dignity and respect so that by the time people get to the general (election), people aren't beat up and battered," the former first lady, who said she will not run for president, stressed.

"I think this (Democratic nomination) is open to any and everybody who has the courage to step up and serve."

She even joked that at this point, anyone is qualified to run for president —even her daughter.

"I think, at this point, everybody's qualified and everyone should run," she said on Good Morning America "I might even tap (her younger daughter) Sasha!"

Obama and her husband were about service before, during and after the presidency.

Candidates like Trump, drunk with power, have a past, present, and future that mirror that intoxication.

Coming off midterms there are questions about what to do next — investigations of Trump, what lessons did we learn articles, predictions of the 2020 election, but getting back to what a leader, a public servant of this country is supposed to do — lead by serving its people — is a message that voters can review candidate criteria with.

"It's amazing to me that we still have to tell people about the importance of voting," she said. "People have to be educated, they have to be focused on the issues and they have to go to the polls if they want their politics to reflect their values."

Obama explained, "Where I'm at right now is that we should see anybody who feels the passion to get in this race, we need them in there. Let's see who wants to roll up their sleeves and get in the race. That's what the primary process is for."

In looking at Trump's record, most of his decisions have been made to serve himself. His record of cheating employees out of money, not paying taxes, discriminating against Blacks in terms of who could claim residency in his buildings, misogynistic comments, scandals around payoffs for affairs — none of it shows signs of service.

Obama writes in her new memoir "Becoming" how Trump's division and bigoted messaging tactics to garner a movement to propel his campaign impacted her own family's safety:

"The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks."

In current times, his decisions in the White House usually involve a lot of divisive words to spark attention from white supremacists, "look what I did" moments on twitter for validation, and little about what the country needs, but instead what the country should be afraid of.

And that is not why you get the job in the first place.

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Celebrity Moderators to Appear on Michelle Obama's Book Tour

Women joining the former first lady include Oprah, Tracee Ellis Ross and Reese Witherspoon.

Former first lady Michelle Obama is set to kick-off her 10-city U.S. book tour in support of her memoir "Becoming" on Nov. 13. The events will include all-star moderators whom she's scheduled to appear with.

The first stop on the tour will be in Obama's hometown of Chicago, with Oprah Winfrey moderating her conversation at the United Center. Other tour events will be moderated by Elizabeth Alexander (Nov. 25 and Dec. 1), Valerie Jarrett (Nov. 17 and Dec.17), Michele Norris (Nov. 24 and Dec. 14), Sarah Jessica Parker (Dec. 19), Phoebe Robinson (Nov. 29 and Dec. 11), Tracee Ellis Ross (Nov. 15), and Reese Witherspoon (Dec.13), each of whom will engage Obama in a conversation.

Last week, Obama and Live Nation announced a selection of the local and community organizations who will receive free admission the book tour. About 10 percent of ticket inventory in each city on the tour was set aside for various organizations including, schools, charities and community groups.

NowThis produced a video of Obama surprising students with the news.

Along with writing about her upbringing, the Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate writes in her memoir about her time in the White House as the first Black first lady, motherhood and her public health campaign.

Penguin Random House, publisher of "Becoming," said that with "unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it — in her own words and on her own terms."

The book is to be published simultaneously in 24 languages around the world and will be released in the U.S. and Canada through the publisher's Crown Publisher Group, according to Reuters. Obama will also read for the audio edition and there will be an international book tour, which will be announced at a later date.

Penguin Random House landed a deal to publish both the former first lady's memoir and former President Barack Obama's. After a bidding war, the company reportedly agreed to pay $60 million to the former first couple for their books.

Barack Obama's three previous books — "Dreams of My Father," "The Audacity of Hope" and "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters" — were published by the same company.

The Obamas plan to donate a "significant portion of their author proceeds to charity," including the Obama Foundation, the publisher said in a statement.

Tickets for Michelle Obama's book tour are available at BecomingMichelleObama.com.

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