Michelle Obama to Oprah: Now We're Feeling What It's Like Not to Have Hope
In a sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, the First Lady said she believes her husband will leave behind a legacy of hope, but that the country is not as hopeful as it was eight years ago.
Michelle Obama joined Oprah in the White House for her final interview as FLOTUS. She was asked whether President Obama succeeded after campaigning on a message of hope.
"I do, because we feel the difference now. See, now we're feeling what not having hope feels like," she answered.
Mrs. Obama added that hope is a "necessary concept" for everyone and that "Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was just a nice slogan to get votes."
"What do you give your kids if you can't give them hope?" she asked.
Mrs. Obama said she believes Obama has had a calming effect on the nation, but that people may not fully realize it right now.
"Having a grown-up in the White House who can say to you in times of crisis and turmoil, 'Hey, it's going to be okay. Let's remember the good things that we have.' ... What do we do if we don't have hope?" she asked Oprah.
The full interview will air on CBS next week.
In an interview last week, Obama said she stands by her strong criticism of President-elect Donald Trump, but is "ready to work with the next administration."
She also said she went to bed before news networks declared Trump the winner on election night.
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.