During the interview, she spoke about how life had changed for them since leaving the White House. She also spoke about life as a married woman and as a mother.
In an interview on Saturday night, Michelle Obama said the night before President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017 was “very emotional", according to Fox News. It was a huge change in their lives, after all. "The truth is, on that day I was moving my children out of the only house they had really grown up in,” the former first lady told Gayle King of CBS News at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, “I think that gets lost on people” Michelle added that she was rushing to get her daughters and their friends out of the White House as they'd had a sleepover the night before the inauguration.
“The girls didn't get up,” she explained. “They're all crying and they have their teddy bears and they're moving slow and I'm like, 'You've got to get up and get out of this house.' And I don't know where these kids are going, but they had to get up and out of that house. So you've got tears and I'm pushing people out a freight elevator and my kids are crying.” Then, she and former President Barack Obama had to meet with the Trumps.
“I didn't want to go out and greet them with tears in my eyes because people would think I was crying for other reasons,” Mrs. Obama said, according to CBS News. Michelle Obama said that after eight years of watching her husband “get raked over the coals” and feeling like they had to be perfect, "It was a lot emotionally that when I got on that plane, it was a release."
The interview gave her an opportunity to talk about a lot more too, like life as a mother, and marriage in general. She said kids could “take up all the oxygen in the land.” “That's why they make the babies cute because you would leave them at the post office,” she joked. She added that the most important thing in a marriage is for spouses to be equal. "My husband is my teammate and if we are going to win this game together, he has to be strong and he has to be OK with me being strong,” she said.
Michelle Obama then spoke about the 2020 elections, adding that she and her husband are supportive of all the Democratic candidates and that they plan to support whoever wins the primary round because the general election is “so important.” It also seems like she criticized the current President without using names. “The leader of the free world with a tweet can start a war, can crush an economy, can change the future of our children,” she said, adding the next president needed to have “deep seriousness and focus” and operate “with a clear base of facts and ideas."
She then spoke about how her husband kind of made running a country look easy. “I guess it's kind of like if the black guy can do it, anybody can do it -- and that's not true. It's a hard job.” She also spoke about how people forgot how many punches they took to win the White House and that for a bit she was portrayed as “an angry black woman who was emasculating her husband.” Both Democrats and Republicans were afraid of “the strength of a black woman,” said she.
She added that she knew when she became the first lady she would have to “earn [her] grace.” “I want all young girls out there to know - we all struggle with that, people of color, working-class folks, women of color - people try to define us in a negative way before we get a chance to get out there and tell our own stories,” said she. Michelle was a sight to behold during the interview as she donned a sequinned jumpsuit in royal blue. Her hair was put up in glorious curls while her makeup was kept to a minimum with a lot of focus given on her eyes. As always, her choice in clothes did not disappoint.