First Lady: White House Needs a ‘Grown-Up’ to Calm in Crisis

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
December 16, 2016 Updated: December 16, 2016

WASHINGTON—Michelle Obama says the White House needs a “grown-up,” and that the nation will come to appreciate President Barack Obama.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey set to air Monday on CBS, the first lady says the U.S. is feeling what it’s like to not have hope. She says “hope” was more than a slogan for her husband’s campaigns and asks: “What else do you have if you don’t have hope?”

Mrs. Obama also says the president served in ways the people will eventually appreciate. She says the White House needs a “grown-up” who can reassure the public during a crisis.

The Obamas campaigned against Donald Trump, arguing that he’s unfit to be president.

CBS released an excerpt on Friday. In it, Mrs. Obama does not mention Trump by name.