Michelle Obama in White House Special Interview: "Now We’re Feeling What Not Having Hope Feels Like"

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The First Lady describes her husband as "a grownup in the White House who can say to you in times of crisis and turmoil, 'Hey it's going to be okay.'"

In the preview for Michelle Obama's last interview from the White House, Oprah Winfrey asks the First Lady whether she thinks President Obama's administration has achieved the message of hope he promised in his first election. 

“Yes," replied Michelle. “I do. Because we feel the difference now. See, now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like, you know?"

The CBS and OWN special, First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House — An Oprah Winfrey Special, airs Monday on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

"Hope is necessary. It’s a necessary concept," said the First Lady in the clip from her special. "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? What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?”

She continued, speaking about how young children respond to crises by looking toward their parents for a reaction, for example when they bump their head on a table and see how their parents respond.

"Barack has been that for the nation," said Obama. "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 okay. Lets' remember the good things that we have. Let's look at the future.'"

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