Michelle Obama sat down with Oprah Winfrey for her final interview before she and her family leave the White House. The First Lady and Winfrey spoke about President Barack Obama’s campaign promise of “hope” — and the new absence of that concept following the recent election.
In an interview clip that aired Friday on CBS This Morning, Winfrey asked Obama whether she felt the administration achieved its goal. “Yes, I do, because we feel the difference now,” Obama said. “Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like.”
The First Lady went on to say that the concept of hope wasn’t just a nice slogan to help her husband get votes. “What else do you have if you don’t have hope? What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope,” she noted.
Obama also spoke of the support and guidance she feels her husband offered the American people during his tenure as president. She believes the country will “come to appreciate” all that President Obama has done while in office — particularly now that there will no longer be a “grown-up” in the White House.
“All of this is important for our kids to stay focused and to feel like their work isn’t in vain, that their lives aren’t in vain,” Obama added.
The full interview will air on CBS on Monday at 8 p.m. EST and on OWN on Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST.