Michelle Obama’s Sit Down With Oprah
Monday night, First Lady Michelle Obama’s sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey aired. There were moments that made us laugh, tear up and appreciate the last 8 years of the Obama’s in the White House. Check out a few excerpts below.
On what allowed her to stand in her own truth and find her way:
Being a grown-up.
Firing off her credentials, she adds:
Let us not forget: I didn’t just wake up first lady. I mean, I went to law school, I practiced law, I worked for the city, I ran a nonprofit (and) I was an executive at a hospital. I’ve been in the world. I’ve worked in every sector, and you don’t do that without coming up against some stuff. You know, having your feelings hurt, having people say things about you that aren’t true. … Life hits you, so over the course of living, you learn how to protect yourself in it. You learn to take in what you need and get rid of the stuff that’s clearly not true.
Why the “angry black woman” label didn’t faze her:
That was one of those things that you just sort of think, ‘Dag, you don’t even know me,’ you know? And then I thought, ‘OK, well, let me live my life out loud so that people can then see and then judge for themselves.
President Obama also briefly appeared in the interview with FLOTUS and Oprah.
POTUS on how FLOTUS navigated Washington:
You know, we all knew she was brilliant and cute and strong and a great mom, but I think the way in which she blended purpose and policy with fun so that she was able to reach beyond Washington … was masterful.
FLOTUS on not being interested in running for president in the future:
If I were interested in it, I’d say it. I don’t believe in playing games. It’s not something I would do, but it also speaks to the fact that people don’t really understand how (being in the White House) is.
FLOTUS on how stressful being in office is:
I mean, the next family that comes in here, every person in that family, every child, every grandchild, their lives will be turned upside down in a way that no American really understands. And it’s not for us to complain about it. So you don’t hear complaints. But it is a — a truth, an actuality, that there is a weight to it.
Check out a few of the clips.