Michelle Obama To Oprah: ‘Now, We Are Feeling What Not Having Hope Feels Like’

Following the election of Donald Trump, First Lady Michelle Obama says many Americans are now realizing what it’s like not to have hope.

CBS released its’ first preview of the interview between Mrs. Obama and Oprah earlier this week, pitched as the First Lady’s final interview before her family leaves the White House next month.

“We feel the difference now, See, now, we are feeling what not having hope feels like,” she told Oprah. “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.”

She also expressed concerns for children in the country as many parents continue to express similar feelings of hopelessness.

“He and I and so many believe that — what else do you have if you don’t have hope?” the First Lady added. “What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?”

In the clip, Michelle says she believes her husband’s idea of hope gave people something to believe in.

“I feel Barack has been that for the nation 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. Let’s remember the good things that we have,'” she said.

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The full interview with FLOTUS and Oprah will air Monday, December 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and again on OWN on December 21 at 9 p.m. ET.