Winfrey noted that President Barack Obama’s administration, including the recent election, was all about hope and asked Michelle Obama if she felt her husband achieved that, to which the first lady replied, “Yes,” but added, without mentioning President-elect Donald Trump’s name, that things feel differently now.
“We feel the difference now. See, now, we are feeling what not having hope feels like,” she told Winfrey. “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 that — what else do you have if you don’t have hope,” the first lady went on. “What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?”
Saying “Our children respond to crises the way they see us respond,” she added that she believes her husband was a calming force and gave people that much needed hope during difficult times.
“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 OK. Let’s remember the good things that we have,’ ” she said.
The entire interview airs on CBS Monday at 8 PM ET and again on OWN on December 21 at 9 PM ET.
Watch the clip above.