Photo: Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon

Photo: Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon

On Monday evening, Oprah Winfrey (aka my auntie in my head) sat down with the First Lady for their final one-on-one interview in the White House. In First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House — An Oprah Winfrey Special, our FLOTUS spoke with Winfrey in the White House private residence. The intimate interview gave us all insight into Michelle's past eight years in the White House, her triumphs, her disappointments, and what she plans to do next.

For us, it was all about the #Chickspiration. To say that both of these women embody our ideas of strength, tenacity, dedication, and humility would be an understatement. So, we paid close attention to each word last night and compiled a brief list of our favorite talking points from Michelle Obama's last television interview as our FLOTUS. We miss you already Mrs. O.

On Her Honesty In The Face of Presidential Sexism

To have a candidate for the presidency speaking about women in such terms was not a normal thing, and so my response, in light of what I was seeing from my female staff, what I was hearing from my daughters, their reaction to it, for me, required a different kind of response. You can’t just stand before people and just give a regular political speech. Do I just go out there and act like that didn’t happen? That’s not true. That’s not honest.

On The 'Angry Black Woman' Narrative Forced Upon Her By Mainstream Media

That was one of those things where you think, ‘Dang, you don’t even know me.’ You just sort of feel like, ‘Wow, where did that come from?’ And that’s the first blowback.

You start thinking, ‘Oh, wow, we’re so afraid of each other. Color. Wealth. These things that don’t matter still play too much of a role in how we see one another, and it’s sad because the thing that least defines us as people is the color of our skin…it’s our values. It’s how we live our lives. And you can’t tell that from somebody’s race, somebody’s religion. People have to act it out. They have to live those lives.

On The Importance of Hope

We feel the difference now. See, now, we are feeling what not having hope feels like. 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.

He and I and so many believed . . . what else do you have if you don’t have hope? What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope? Our children respond to crises the way they see us respond.

On what allowed her to 'stand in her own truth and find her way' as First Lady

Being a grown-up. 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.

On those pesky Obama 2020 rumors

Look, that’s one thing I don’t do. I don’t make stuff up. I’m not coy. I’m pretty direct. If I were interested in it, I would say it. I don’t play games. People don’t understand how hard this is, and it’s not something [where] you just cavalierly ask a family to do it again. If there are conversations happening about me possibly running for office, I’m not part of them.

On living out loud

Live out loud, and understand that what’s in your brain is really useful. Do not hide it. Don’t dumb it down. Don’t apologize for it. Just put it on the table and let people deal with it.

If you missed it, see a portion of the interview below and check it out in full via OWN.


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