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First Lady Michelle Obama is speaking out for the first time since President-elect Donald Trump's victory. 

In a joint interview with President Barack Obama for People magazine, the first lady said she stands by her criticisms of Trump from the campaign trail but is willing to work with the Trump administration "because that's what's best for this country."

"This is our democracy, and this is how it works,” she said. “We are ready to work with the next administration and make sure they are as successful as they can be."

While millions of Americans were following along on election night into the wee hours of the morning, the first lady, a major surrogate for Hillary Clinton's campaign, had a slightly different agenda.

"I went to bed," she said. "I don’t like to watch the political discourse; I never have."

In the final weeks of the campaign, Mrs. Obama delivered an impassioned plea to voters to reject Trump following the release of the vulgar "Access Hollywood" tape.

"This was not just a 'lewd conversation.' This wasn't just locker-room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior, and actually bragging about kissing and groping women, using language so obscene that many of us were worried about our children hearing it when we turn on the TV," she said.

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