‘Now We Are Feeling What Not Having Hope Feels Like’, Says Michelle Obama


First lady Michelle Obama said her husband succeeded as president in bringing hope to Americans, which she said stands in contrast to the current mood of the country.

“Now we are feeling what not having hope feels like,” the first lady said, apparently referring to Americans unhappy with the election of Donald Trump. Obama spoke with Oprah Winfrey in what is expected to be her final interview as first lady and which will air in full Monday on CBS.

“Hope is necessary, it’s a necessary concept and Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was just a nice slogan to get votes. I mean, he and I and so many believe, ‘What else do you have if you don’t have hope?’” the first lady said.

Obama in the interview likened her husband to a parent who offers assurance and confidence about the future.

“I feel Barack has been that for the nation in ways that people will come to appreciate,” she said. “Having a grownup in the White House who can say to you in times of crisis and turmoil, ‘Hey, it’s going to be OK. Let’s remember the good things that we have, let’s look at the future’.”

The first lady was a vocal critic of Trump during the election and campaigned hard for his Democratic rival, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.


Trump Responds

US President-elect Donald Trump has responded to Michelle Obama’s claim that the country has no hope left, telling his supporters that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Obama had answered a question from Oprah Winfrey during a CBS interview about whether the new administration had seen the level of hope achieved by Barack Obama, Fox News reported.

The first lady had responded: “Yes, I do. Because we feel the difference now,” she says. “See now we are feeling what not having hope feels like, you know. Hope is necessary. It is a necessary concept.”

However Trump told a rally of his supporters he felt Obama’s comments had been misconstrued, The Hill reported.

“We have tremendous hope, and we have tremendous promise and tremendous potential,” Trump said at a thank you rally.

“And I actually think she made that statement not meaning it the way it came out.

The Republican added: “Beyond hope, we have such potential. This country has such potential. You watch, it’s going to be so special. Things are going to happen like you haven’t seen happen in many many decades,” he said.

“This is truly an exciting time to be alive. The script is not yet written.”

The president-elect has had to fend off a number of negative comments coming from the White House over the past week.

As news emerged that US intelligence agencies believe Russian president Vladimir Putin was involved in hacks on the US election, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said Trump must have known Russia was involved.

But although Trump slammed Earnest, he made it clear he did not believe the sentiment was necessarily shared by Barack Obama, with the president also attempting to maintain a peaceful transition between the two camps.

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