As the Obamas begin the long goodbye between the election result and Trump’s inauguration, first lady Michelle Obama met up with Oprah to look back on the past eight years and discuss the future.
Michelle says she thinks her husband’s government has lived up to the hope it promised in the election and that has never been more evident than right now.
“We feel the difference now. Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like. Hope is necessary… Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was a nice slogan to get votes.”
She also made a thinly-veiled dig at President-elect Donald Trump, saying: “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”… this is important for our kids to stay focused and feel like their work isn’t in vain, like their lives aren’t in vain”.
The Obamas will leave the White House on January 20 next year. On the same day, Donald Trump will be sworn in for his presidential term.