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Michelle Obama On Election Night: 'I Went To Bed'

| by Michael Doherty

First lady Michelle Obama has opened up about about the election, her daughters' mixed emotions on leaving the White House, and her wine nights with Jill Biden.

Instead of staying up to watch the results of the Nov. 8 election, in which President-elect Donald Trump pulled off a shocking victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Michelle said in a new cover story interview for People magazine that she went to sleep, Daily Mail reports.

"I went to bed," said the first lady. "I don't like to watch the political discourse; I never have. I barely did with him."

President Barack Obama, sitting next to Michelle, burst out in laughter. The couple did the joint interview as their last with People before leaving the White House.

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"Anything that I felt about the election I said and I stand by," said Michelle. "Once you do what you can do, then the rest is easy. It was in the hands of the American people."

The Obamas had campaigned for Clinton during the election, with Michelle delivering several passionate speeches supporting the Democratic candidate. In Michelle's final commencement speech as first lady, delivered at City College of New York, she said that Americans do not "build up walls to keep people out," a possible reference to Trump's signature campaign promise of a wall on the border of the U.S. and Mexico, according to Jezebel.

During the presidential couple's interview, they also discussed their daughters, Malia and Sasha, who Michelle said had mixed feelings about leaving the White House.

"There's a sentimentality about this place, that they've had so many amazing experiences, and the staff are part of the family," said Michelle. "It is different for them than most kids in that when they leave, they won't be able to come home. Malia's spoken about how she regrets the fact that she won't have that home base in the same way."

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The president mentioned that the girls, who are now teenagers, are ready for more independence.

"They're ready to get out, just out from their parents' house. The fact that their parents' house is the White House may add to it," said the president.

Michelle also spoke about her close relationship with Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, sharing that the two women have "a little wine every now and then."

Jill had previously spoken about how Michelle was there to support her and her family when her stepson, Beau, died of brain cancer, calling the first lady "truly wonderful."

Sources: Daily Mail, People, Jezebel / Photo credit: WisPolitics.com/Flickr

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