First Lady Michelle Obama on Election Night: ‘I Went to Bed Before Trump Won’

First lady Michelle Obama in 2015
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First lady Michelle Obama in 2015
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While first lady Michelle Obama scorched President-elect Donald Trump on the campaign trail, she wasn’t interested in watching the returns come in on election night.

“I went to bed. I don't like to watch the political discourse; I never have,” she said in a joint interview with her husband, President Barack Obama, with People magazine.

Michelle Obama went on to say that she “barely” watched when her husband ran for president in 2008 and 2012.


And with the first lady being one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest surrogates—having stumped for the former secretary of state this year—she maintains that her concerns with the president-elect and his vision for the nation still exist.

“Anything that I felt about the election I said and I stand by,” she said.

However, despite her misgivings about Trump, she added that she and President Obama are still willing to help the incoming administration succeed.

“This is our democracy, and this is how it works,” she said. “We are ready to work with the next administration and make sure they are as successful as they can be. Because that's what's best for this country.”

The first lady's next White House sitdown will be later this month with talk show legend and friend Oprah Winfrey. According to the Los Angeles Times, the two plan to discuss what the past eight years have been like, the legacy the first lady and her husband hope they leave behind and what lies ahead for the Obama family.


The First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House: An Oprah Winfrey Special will air on CBS on Dec. 19 and will re-air on Winfrey’s network, OWN, on Dec. 21.

Read more at People and the Los Angeles Times.

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