Who’s your daddy? According to Michelle Obama it’s her husband, the soon-to-be-former president of the United States. After eight years of continuous pouting, of threats to use his “pen and his phone” rather than his much-ballyhooed communicative skills to negotiate with Congress, Mrs. Obama is still sticking to the claim that Barack Obama is the adult in the room.
The kids? Those are the American people. In her final interview as first lady, scheduled to air tomorrow on CBS, she told Oprah Winfrey:
Our children respond to crises the way they see us respond. You know, it’s like the toddler that [sic] bumps his head on the table and they look up at you to figure out if it hurts.
That was how she felt about the nation and its leader for the past eight years, she analogized to Winfrey.
“CBS This Morning” ran a short preview of the interview, which was also the setting in which she shared her view that America is entering a time of hopelessness. The clip is below, and her remarks begin at around 0:55. (The transcript follows.)
See, now we’re feelin’ what not havin’ hope feels like. You know? Hope is necessary. It’s a necessary concept. And Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was a nice slogan to get votes. I mean he and I and so many believed that if — what else do you have if you don’t have hope? What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?
It would seem the logical answer to her quote-closing rhetorical questions would be that Americans should encourage their children to keep hoping. Of course, to do that would be to concede that Donald Trump might have a positive impact on the nation and the life of its citizens. But that admission would be a little logical and honest for the likes of this woman.