Michelle Obama Talks Helping Melania Trump, Denies Plans to Run for Office: "People Don’t Understand How Hard It Is”
The First Lady also talks about her reaction to being called an "angry black woman."
Michelle Obama gave her last interview from the White House where looked back on her eight years as First Lady, shared her feelings about the recent election and expressed whether or not she plans to run for any office in the future.
In her special with Oprah Winfrey, Obama talked about her meeting with the future First Lady, Melania Trump. She said that while she didn't give Trump any specific advice, she told her that "You really don't know what you don't know until you're here" and said, "The door is always open."
She said Laura Bush was very gracious and helpful to her when she first came into office. "I'm not new in this 'going high' thing," she said with a smile.
And Obama, said her and Barack will continue to "go high" when it comes to supporting the Future First Family who's lives she said would be turned "upside down" once they move into the White House.
"No matter how we felt going into it, it is important for the health of this nation that we support the Commander in Chief. It wasn’t done when my husband took office, but we're going high and this is what is best for the country. So we are going to be there for the next president and do whatever we have to do to make sure he is successful because if he succeeds we all succeed."
When asked if she would run for office, she responded "no" and expressed that the difficulties of living in the White House is not something she would wish on her kids for 16 years.
"It also speaks to the fact that people don’t really understand how hard it is," she said. "It’s not something that you cavalierly ask a family to do again."
Obama said that on election night she did not wait up to see the results. She learned the news after checking her iPhone when she woke up the morning after. "This past election was challenging for me as a citizen To watch and experience. It was painful."
Obama also talked about being labeled an "angry black woman" and how she reacted to it.
"That was one of those things where you think, ‘Dang, you don’t even know me,' " said Obama. “You just sort of feel like, ‘Wow, where did that come from?’ " She said she had to realize that it wasn't about her, it was about the person who wrote or said it.
Obama told Winfrey, "You start thinking, 'Oh, wow, we’re so afraid of each other.' Color. Wealth. These things that don’t matter still play too much of a role in how we see one another, and it’s sad because the thing that least defines us as people is the color of our skin."
The First Lady said that people can't judge other people's values by their race or religion
"I thought, 'OK, well, let me live my life out loud so that people can then see and then judge for themselves,’ ” added Obama. "And that’s what I want young people to do: Just live your life. Live it out loud."
Looking back on her past eight years in the White House, the First Lady felt that her and her husband's administration "absolutely" achieved hope, the foundation of Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
"Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like. Hope is a necessary concept."
President Barack Obama joined his wife at the end of the interview where he echoed her statement that he believes the nation achieved hope and that looking to the future, he's most hopeful about the next generation.
"History moves in cycles and what lasts is the impact what we’ve done has had in people’s mind and hearts and that continues."
When asked about what has surprised him the most about his wife as First Lady he said, "The way in which she blended purpose and policy with fun so that she was able to reach beyond Washington on her health care initiatives, on her military family work was masterful."