Michelle Obama Talks ‘Hope’ With Oprah: How The First Lady’s New Freedom to Speak Her Mind Might Lead To More
Michelle Obama’s recent “Hope” speech while talking with Oprah Winfrey seems to be drawing a lot of emotions from American citizens who feel that life as they know it may soon be changed forever following the unexpected election of President-elect Donald Trump.
Now, for many who already knew how well-spoken the First Lady is, it is more apparent than ever that maybe the wrong woman ran for President under the Democratic ticket in the first place.
Maybe Michelle Obama should have run in Hillary’s place.
To be clear, Michelle Obama has never expressed aspirations to run for political office for herself. That fact does not, however, mean that the poised, collected woman would not be incapable of actually running for office.
Michelle does, after all, have exactly the same amount of political experience that Hillary Clinton possessed at this stage in the game.
On top of that fact, Michelle – who maintains a relatively “squeaky clean” image without any of the innate ugliness that many U.S. voters seemingly thought Hillary Clinton’s gave off – “leftists” everywhere maybe would have a dash more hope.
“We are feeling what not having hope feels like,” said Obama, softly, with what some might call Presidential-like reserve, to Oprah, in a televised clip that aired on CBS and was documented by CNN.
In that one line from the Oprah interview, Michelle seemed to echo the sentiments of the millions of American citizens who did think that Donald Trump was a terrible choice for President.
The Oprah quote also seemed to make her more relatable than Hillary Clinton ever was.
“For many women across the United States, Mrs. Obama occupies a similar role to that of Ms. Winfrey: a widely admired, deeply trusted and well-liked figure who has broken barriers without breaking down the ways so many of us relate to her,” said Jill Filipovic for CNN. “Obama is careful and polished, but her public persona is less meticulously measured than that of her husband, the President. She is the rare American figure who is both aspirational and relatable.”
Certainly, “polished” and “relatable” are words that that only the most extreme of the “alt-left” could ever call Hillary Clinton.
More importantly, however, is that the hopelessness about which Michelle Obama spoke with Oprah Winfrey can almost certainly give way to better changes for tomorrow.
Tomorrow, unfortunately, is the the only promise that a lot of Democrats (and even Republicans) have.
“A Donald Trump presidency,” continued Filipovic, “[is] infused with embitterment, misogyny, and racism, [and Trump] seems happy to disregard some of our nation’s oldest democratic norms.”
“[Michelle Obama’s] telling us that she’s walking this scary path right along with us,” the correspondent added.
And that fact – that Michelle Obama is relatable, down-to-earth, and – most importantly – walking right by the sides of ALL of U.S. citizens during a time that so many perceive as a time of great duress for this country, could make all of the difference in light of the slew of career politicians and businessmen/actors/celebrities turned-politicians that have been presented as the only choice for voters.
“As First Lady, [Michelle] had to play according to conservative, conformist rules, and as the country’s first African-American First Lady, she had to take extra care to maintain an image of sophistication and excellence,” noted Filipovic. “Once her husband is out of the White House, [Michelle] be significantly freer — to speak her mind, pursue her own passions and advocate for the things she believes in.”
In other words, with her public tenure as First Lady on the cusp of ending, it could just be that Michelle Obama may truly be ready to walk with the rest of the citizens of the country.
Michelle Obama may finally be ready to take the gloves off and be a public figure that truly speaks her mind.
And it may just be that Obama can be that voice for so many who felt voiceless in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s ascendancy to U.S. President in November.
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