Michelle Obama, a paragon of grace and class, will no longer be representing out country. In her final interview as First Lady, she sat down with Oprah to talk about her mixed feelings about the fate of the country, her future as a politician, and her personal life.
The mood of the interview was a mixed bag, with Mrs. Obama both reflecting on the hurt she felt during the election cycle and the strength she draws on her relationship with her husband.
"This past election was challenging for me as a citizen. To watch and experience. It was painful," Michelle said thinking about the last few months.
"For all the people out there, they have to understand that, as I've said time and time again, words matter," she added, careful not to mention Donald Trump explictly here. "And they matter most to our kids, our young people. And the words that we say moving forward, all of us, it matters, which is one of the reasons why Barack and I are so supportive of this transition."
Despite Michelle's irrefutable poise, many on the right still managed to label her an "angry black woman," a stereotype which baffled her: “That was one of those things where you just sort of think, ‘Dang, you don’t even know me,’ ” Obama said. “You just sort of feel like, ‘Wow, where’d that come from?’. . . But then you sort of think, ‘This isn’t about me.’ This is about the person or people who write it, you know? That’s just the truth.”
Obama continued: “We’re so afraid of each other. . . Color, wealth, these things that don’t really 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 is the color of our skin. It’s the size of our bank account. None of that matters.”
But perhaps the most important question came when Oprah point-blank asked Michelle about her plans for an eventual presidential campaign of her own. Michelle rejected the idea outright: "I don't make stuff up. I'm not coy. I've proven that. I'm pretty direct. If I were interested in it, I'd say it," said Michelle. "I don't believe in playing games. It's not something I would do. But it also speaks to the fact that people don't really understand how hard this is. And it's not something that you cavalierly just sort of ask a family to do again."
Looking forward, Michelle added this: "My desire for this country is that we remain hopeful and that -- and that we find a place in our hearts to love each other. It's really simple, you know? Just opening up our hearts to others. Making room."
You can watch the full interview when it re-runs on the OWN network on Wednesday at 9pm.
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