Michelle Obama has been rather subdued in her response to Donald Trump’s election victory, but in her final White House interview with Oprah the First Lady gets a little more candid with her feelings.
“We feel the difference now. See, now, we are feeling what not having hope feels like,” Obama told Oprah Winfrey in an interview clip broadcast Friday on CBS This Morning.
“Hope is necessary. It’s a necessary concept and Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was just a nice slogan to get votes,” Obama added, referencing husband President Barack Obama‘s campaign platform of hope and progress. “He and I and so many believe that — what else do you have if you don’t have hope? What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?”
The first lady also said that her husband has provided a source of calm and comfort for Americans during his eight years in office.
“I feel Barack has been that for the nation in ways that people will come to appreciate. 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,’ ” she said.
Check out the interview clip below. Michelle Obama’s full interview with Oprah airs Monday on CBS at 8 p.m. ET and then again on OWN on Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. ET.