First Lady Michelle Obama is promising that she and her husband, outgoing President Barack Obama, will do whatever they can to help President-elect Donald Trump succeed in office.
The Obamas are "supportive" of the peaceful transition of power from a Democratic administration to a Republican one, she added.
“As I’ve said time and time again, words matter,” Obama said in an interview broadcast Monday with host Oprah Winfrey. “They matter most to our kids. And the words that we say moving forward — all of us — it matters, which is one of the reasons why Barack and I are so supportive of this transition.”
Still, Obama refused to use Trump's name in the interview with Winfrey, Politico reported.
"No matter how we felt going into it, it is important for the health of this nation that we support the commander in chief,” she said. “Wasn’t done when my husband took office, but we’re going high, and this is what’s best for the country. So we are gonna be there for the next president and do whatever we have to do to make sure that he is successful, because if he succeeds, we all succeed.”
The interview showed a change of tone after she had been critical of Trump in the past.
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In a Friday morning excerpt of the first lady’s exit interview, Obama suggested that many Americans no longer have the hope that her husband campaigned on in 2008 as Trump transitions to the White House, telling Winfrey, “Now, we’re feeling what not having hope feels like.”
In a separate clip that aired Monday morning, Obama took a softer tone, remarking that she followed Laura Bush’s lead and told Melania Trump when the two met privately at the White House, “You really don’t know what you don’t know until you’re here, so the door’s open.”
“I’m not new in this ‘going high’ thing,” she added. “I’m modeling what was done for me by the Bushes.”