Flotus: This is ‘what not having hope feels like’


(CNN) -With just over a month before she says farewell to the white house, first lady Michelle Obama is getting candid with Oprah Winfrey.

First lady Michelle Obama, candid, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, giving voice to what many democrats may be feeling after the election.

Michelle Obama said, “Now, we are feeling what not having hope feels like.”

Reflecting on the catch word that helped propel her husband into office, and whether his administration gave the country the hope he promised:

Michelle Obama said, “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? I feel that 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. Let’s look at the future, let’s look at all the things that we’re building.”

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Michelle Obama said, “Hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback and, let me tell you something, for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. Not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.”

Eight years later. She was perhaps the most popular surrogate for Hillary Clinton.

Michelle Obama said, “Our motto is, “when they go low, we go high.”

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Michelle Obama said, “Here is where I want to get real, if Hillary doesn’t win this election that will be on us.”

Michelle Obama said, “What do we do if we don’t have hope.”

Coming at a time she’s been out of the spotlight, making few public comments since the election:

Michelle Obama said, “We are ready to work with the next administration and make sure that they are as successful as they can be. Because that’s what’s best for this country.”

With just over a month left in the white house, the first lady has mixed emotions about leaving, telling vogue:  “I’m going to miss waking up to this, having access to this anytime i want. But on the flip side.  It’s time.”

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