Michelle Obama On Trump: ‘Now We’re Feeling What Not Having Hope Feels Like’

Michelle Obama said that under president-elect Donald Trump “now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like.”

First lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks to middle school, high school and college students from across the country as part of the ongoing series of The GRAMMY Museum musical workshops, at the White House on October 21, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)

During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the first lady said that President Barack Obama did try to deliver hope to the American people.
“See, now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like,” Michelle Obama said.

Hope is necessary,” she added. “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 — what else do you have if you don’t have hope,” she continued. “What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?”


“I feel that Barack has been that for the nation in ways that people will come to appreciate,” Obama said. “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 we have. Let’s look at the future. Let’s look at all the things that we are building.’”

“All of this is important for our kids to stay focused and to feel like their work isn’t in vane, that their lives aren’t in vain,” she added. “What do we do if we don’t have hope, Oprah?”