It’s Michelle Obama’s last interview before she and her family vacate the White House to make room for the Trumps. It’s Michelle’s last interview before she and her family go on their last vacation as the First Family.
In her interview with Oprah, the First Lady was asked about hope. She said that what we’re feeling now – presumably since Trump’s victory – is what it feels like to not have hope.
“Your husband’s administration – everything, the election – it was all about hope,” Oprah said. “Do you think that this administration achieved that?”
Here’s how Michelle responded:
“Yes. I do. Because we feel the difference now. See, now, we’re 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. I mean, he and I and so many believe that if you – what else do you have if you don’t have hope? What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?
“You know, our children respond to crises the way they see us respond. You know, it’s like the toddler that bumps his head on the table, and they look up at you to figure out whether it hurts, and if you’re like, ‘Oh, my god!’ they’re crying, but if you’re like, ‘You know what, babe? It’s okay, it’s okay.’
“And I feel that way about the nation. 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.’ All of this is important for our kids to stay focused and to feel like their work isn’t in vain, their lives aren’t in vain.
“What would we do if we don’t have hope, Oprah?”