Watching 2016 Election Was 'Painful,' Michelle Obama Says

In a candid "exit" interview with chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, Mrs Obama reflected on the family's time in office, while also covering issues including the current feeling in the U.S. following Donald Trump's election victory and the stereotyping she's had to face over the last eight years.

For Mrs. Obama, one of her biggest personal sacrifices as first lady has been her anonymity. "To have a candidate for the presidency speaking in such terms about women was not a normal thing", she told Winfrey about president-elect Donald Trump's admissions about sexually assaulting women.

"You know, this past election was challenging for me as a - as a citizen".

"Words matter", she said. "I've made compromises in my life and my career, but I've also, in exchange, gained a wonderful platform to do some great work", Obama told interviewer Oprah Winfrey.

"For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback", Obama said at a stop in Wisconsin ahead of the primaries in 2008.

It's not the sort of thing one "cavalierly just sort of ask (s) a family to do again". Yet Obama reiterated in the interview she would never run for elected office. "The words that we say moving forward, all of us, [they] matter", she noted.

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Still, Obama said that she and her husband are doing what they can to help smooth a path for the next administration. You teach them that America is actually far better than it is worse, and there are more things that unite us than divide us.

"Yes, I do", Obama said, "because we feel the difference now". But it also speaks to the fact that people don't really understand how hard this is.

But she sounded concerned about the future, saying that when it comes to the nation, she said she prays that Americans still have "hope". For many Americans looking ahead to the post-Obama White House, the worry is that there may soon be far less to celebrate.

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