When President Barack Obama ran for the highest office in America, he ran on a platform of hope — a sentiment he requently revisited throughout his eight years in office and during his time on the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton. But now, Michelle Obama fears that many Americans are feeling hopeless.
“We feel the difference now. See, now, we are feeling what not having hope feels like,” the First Lady told Oprah Winfrey in a clip from her final interview as FLOTUS .
The concept of hope wasn’t just a superficial idea meant to garner votes, Obama explained. “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 said to Winfrey.
“Our children respond to crises the way they see us respond,” she explained. “You know, it’s like the toddler that bumps his head on the table, and they look up at you to figure out whether it hurts.” But President Obama, the First Lady continued, has been there to be the adult telling the country that everything will be okay and that in and of itself is a crucial part of [the] presidency. “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.”
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