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Michelle Obama: This Is ‘What Not Having Hope Feels Like’

Michelle Obama reflected on her husband’s two terms as President while being interviewed by Oprah.

The Hill reports:

In a new interview with Oprah Winfrey, first lady Michelle Obama says her husband achieved the “hope” his campaign promised, contrasting President Obama’s administration with the incoming Donald Trump administration.

“Everything — the [2008] election was all about hope,” Winfrey asks the first lady. “Do you think this administration achieved that?”

“I do,” Obama says. “Because we feel the difference now. See, now, we’re feeling what not having hope feels like.”

The interview is part of a special on the first lady set to air Monday on CBS and Winfrey’s OWN channel.

“Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was just a nice slogan to get votes,” Obama adds in the interview.

Obama said that that her husband has been a symbol of optimism and hope during his term in office, adding that he was “a grown-up in the White House.”

“I feel 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,'” Obama said.

The first lady criticized Trump during the election, and condemning him for the lewd comments he made about women in a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape published during the presidential campaign.

“The shameful comments about our bodies, the disrespect of our ambitions and intellect, the belief that you can do anything you want to a woman. It is cruel. It’s frightening,” Obama said at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton in October.

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