Michelle Obama: The White House needs a 'grown-up'
US First Lady Michelle Obama says the White House needs a "grown-up" and that the nation will come to appreciate outgoing president Barack Obama.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey set to air in the US on Monday, Michelle Obama continued her trend of criticising the President-elect Donald Trump without referring to him by name.
She said the US will eventually appreciate having the reassuring presence of a calm leader in the Oval Office.
"I feel that Barack has been that for the nation in ways that people will come to appreciate," she said.
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"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'."
The First Lady said the feeling of despair for many Americans, especially children, was very real.
"Now we're feeling what not having hope feels like," she said.
"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 ... 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.
Michelle Obama's interview came hours after the White House announced Russia had interfered with the 2016 election to help his successor.
The Obamas campaigned aggressively against Trump and argued the billionaire businessman was unfit to be president.
While Barack Obama has refrained from repeating his criticisms of Trump since the November 8 election, the First Lady comes off as less accepting of the outcome.
"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," she told Oprah during the CBS interview.
"What do we do if we don't have hope, Oprah?"