It’s no secret that the election results have angered and upset millions and a dark cloud is hanging over Inauguration Day. Even some voters who weren’t the biggest fans of President Obama find themselves wishing his term could somehow, some way be prolonged. For many, the start of Donald Trump’s presidency has them feeling, well, anxious (to put it mildly). And to those who feel that way, Michelle Obama is offering up some powerful words. (Consider this the new “when they go low, we go high.”)
Obama sat down with Oprah Winfrey last week (casual) for her final interview as First Lady, and the conversation turned to those ubiquitous “hope” posters from President Obama’s first White House run in 2008. (Remember those?) Winfrey asked FLOTUS if she thought he lived out that virtuous one-word promise.
“Let’s remember the good things that we have. Look at all the things that we’re building.”
“Yes, I do,” Obama says. “We feel the difference now. Now, we are feeling what not having hope feels like.” And then she offered up a gem of wisdom: “Hope is necessary…What else do you have if you don’t have hope? What do you give your kids when you don’t give them hope? Our children respond to crises the way they see us respond. It’s like the toddler that bumps his head on the table and they look up at you to figure out whether it hurts…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. Look at all the things that we’re building.'”
Her words are like a verbal hug. Don’t lose hope. It will all be okay. Look at the good things we have and the things we are building. Talk about going out on a high note.
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