In a reference to her husband’s presidential campaign slogan, First Lady Michelle Obama claimed on Thursday that President-elect Donald Trump’s assumption of the Oval Office has made Americans lose hope.
Obama made the surprising remarks during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which she was asked whether the Obama administration had delivered on its promise to bring hope to the American people.
“Yes, I do,” Obama replied. “Because we feel the difference now. See, now, we are feeling what not having hope feels like, you know.”
“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. He and I and so many believe: what else do you have when you do not have hope?” she continued.
The First Lady went on to compare Obama’s presidency to a parent who is comforting a child that has hurt himself, claiming that her husband served as a “grownup in the White House” who was able to assuage America’s fears.
Michelle Obama adopted a more diplomatic tone in the wake of Trump’s victory, encouraging Americans to unite as patriots instead of dividing along partisan lines.
The full talk with Oprah Winfrey will air Monday on CBS and serve as Michelle Obama’s farewell interview before she departs the White House. Watch a sneak peak below: