First Lady to Oprah: ‘Now We’re Feeling What Not Having Hope Feels Like’

Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey in 2008
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First lady Michelle Obama gave her final one-on-one interview to Oprah Winfrey at the White House on Wednesday. In a first look at the interview that aired on CBS This Morning on Friday, Obama reflected on her husband’s legacy of hope.

Winfrey asked Obama if she thought her husband’s administration achieved his campaign promise of delivering hope.


"Yes, I do, because we feel the difference now. See, now we're feeling what not having hope feels like," Obama said. "Hope is necessary. It's a necessary concept.

"Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was a nice slogan to get votes. What else do you have if you don't have hope?" Obama asked. "What do you give your kids if you can't give them hope?"

As CBS notes, during her time in Washington, the first lady has advocated for several causes, including healthy families and improved education for girls around the world.

“I couldn’t have done anything that I’ve done without Michelle,” President Obama said of his wife, whom he calls his rock, in 2011.


First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House: An Oprah Winfrey Special will air on CBS at 9 p.m. Monday and be rebroadcast on OWN Dec. 21.

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