Barack Obama made a surprise appearance on the book tour of Michelle Obama in Washington, comparing Jay-Z at a Beyonce concert.
The former president presented himself with a bouquet of flowers during the promotional event of his wife's memoirs, "Becoming," in the nation's capital on Saturday night.
"This is like … do you know when Jay-Z comes out during the Beyonce concert? … Like Crazy in Love?" He said, referring to the cases in which the rapper appears at his wife's concerts during the performances of his famous song. "It's the same. It's just a small sample to improve the concert. "
When the former president appeared on stage, a member of the audience shouted: "We miss you!" While the crowd applauded.
The event was moderated by former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. Michelle Obama spoke about her post-White House life and how they are taking a step back to reflect on what they achieved.
"We have not had much time to reflect on these eight years because we were so busy doing and so busy trying to be perfect, and to do everything right that we rarely had time to sit down and recognize what we have done," she said.
"And I could do that with my husband the other night. And just look at him and tell him, man, man, you did this. You did this. You did one of the toughest jobs on the planet. "
Before former President Obama took the stage, his wife expressed frustration with today's state of political discourse and said that sometimes she wants her husband to say something.
"There are so many times that I just want it, like all of you, just to curse you. Just say these things. And he's like, well, that's not the point. You know, the president is not the president of his own ego. The president is the president of the whole country. So we have to be very aware of what we say and how we say it. "
Comparing her husband's administration with that of President Donald Trump, Michelle Obama spoke about the marked differences between the two.
"And the question we have to ask ourselves is which one feels better? Do you know in what world we want to live? In what world do we want our children to grow?
The former first lady has made several references to Trump in his memoirs. In the book, she said she "would never forgive him" for her role in the "birther" conspiracy theory that falsely claimed that her husband was not born in the United States. Trump's central role in pushing falsehood put his family at risk, he writes.
Trump rejected last week and said his accusations are aimed at generating headlines.
"They paid him a lot of money for writing a book and they always expect a little controversy," Trump said.