Michelle Obama, the outgoing first lady, sat down with Oprah Winfrey for what may be her final interview in the role. The two discussed the views of Obama on the election, and what she plans for the future.
“You know, this past election was challenging for me as a citizen,” Obama told Winfrey in the interview that aired Dec. 19 on CBS, reports The Hill. “To watch and experience. It was painful.”
“Words matter,” she continued. “The words that we say moving forward, all of us, it matters. Which is one of the reasons why [President] Barack [Obama] and I are so supportive of this transition. Because no matter how we felt going into it, it is important for the health of this nation that we support the commander in chief.”
Michelle was a surrogate of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s during the presidential campaign.
In an impassioned speech on Oct. 13, Obama attacked then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for a video leaked days earlier exposing comments Trump made that boasted of sexual assault.
“This is not normal,” Obama said, notes The Washington Post. “This is not politics as usual. … [S]trong men don't need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful.”
Obama then discussed how a Trump administration will make the country “come to appreciate” Barack all the more. “All of this is important for our kids to stay focused and to feel like their work isn’t in vain, that their lives aren’t in vain,” she added, notes New York magazine.
The comment harps on a point Michelle made in a September speech.
“When making life or death, war or peace decisions, presidents can’t just pop off or lash out irrationally,” she told a Clinton rally in Philadelphia. “No, we need an adult in the White House, I guarantee you.”