First lady: White House needs ‘grown-up’ in times of cri­sis

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Michelle Obama says the White House needs a “grown-up” and the na­tion will come to ap­pre­ci­ate Pres­i­dent Barack Obama. In an in­ter­view with Oprah Win­frey set to air to­mor­row night on CBS, the first lady says the elec­tion has re­in­forced her view that her hus­band’s ad­min­is­tra­tion was able to in­spire hope “be­cause we feel the dif­fer­ence now.”

“Now we’re feel­ing what not hav­ing hope feels like,” she says. “You know? 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 that if you ... what else do you have if you don’t have hope?” “What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?” she added.

Mrs Obama sat for the in­ter­view five weeks af­ter the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump to the White House. The Oba­mas cam­paigned ag­gres­sively against Trump and ar­gued that the New York busi­ness­man is un­fit to be pres­i­dent. CBS re­leased an ex­cerpt of the in­ter­view on Fri­day. In it, Mrs Obama does not men­tion the in­com­ing pres­i­dent by name.

While Obama has re­fused since the Nov 8 elec­tion to re­peat his crit­i­cisms of Trump, Mrs Obama comes off as less ac­cept­ing of the out­come. In the in­ter­view, which was taped Wed­nes­day in the White House res­i­dence, she said the pub­lic will even­tu­ally ap­pre­ci­ate what a re­as­sur­ing pres­ence her hus­band was dur­ing the past eight years. She com­pared him to the per­son who doesn’t freak out when a toddler bumps his head, caus­ing the child to start cry­ing.

“I feel that Barack has been that for the na­tion in ways that peo­ple will come to ap­pre­ci­ate,” she said. “Hav­ing a grown-up in the White House who can say to you in times of cri­sis and turmoil, ‘Hey, it’s gonna be OK. Let’s re­mem­ber the good things that we have. Let’s look at the fu­ture. Let’s look at all the things that we’re build­ing.’” “All of this is im­por­tant for our kids to stay fo­cused and to feel like their work isn’t in vain. That their lives aren’t in vain,” Mrs Obama added. “What do we do if we don’t have hope, Oprah?”

— AP

WASH­ING­TON: First lady Michelle Obama ‘winks’ and ges­tures to guests af­ter speak­ing fol­low­ing the screen­ing for the movie ‘Hid­den Fig­ures,’ Thurs­day, Dec 15, 2016, in the South Court Au­di­to­rium in the Eisen­hower Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fice Build­ing on the White House com­plex.

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