FLOTUS Laments Loss Of Hope Because Trump [VIDEO]

Entertainment Weekly reports:

The clock is ticking down to the first family’s departure from the White House — but first, Michelle Obama is giving her last interview as first lady to Oprah Winfrey.

In a preview of the CBS and OWN special, aptly titled First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House — An Oprah Winfrey Special, Winfrey asks Obama about one of her husband’s core message as president. “Your husband’s administration, everything, the election was all about hope,” she says. “Do you think this administration achieved that?”

“Yes, I do,” answers Obama. “Because we feel the difference now. See, now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like, you know? Hope is necessary. It’s a necessary concept. And Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought was just a nice slogan to get votes. He and I and so many believe that what else do you have if you don’t have hope? What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?”

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • bobbyjoe

      Drumpf’s not only put Putin & Russia back on the world stage, he’s put them in the White House.

    • AW

      So fucking unbelievable, nothing about this makes any sense! Like how on earth do we have this shitbag as the president elect?

      • Sean Williams

        Because people continually believed the false equivalency that Hillary Clinton was somehow as evil as he was. Instead of realizing she is the most qualified candidate in decades who has committed 30+ years of her life to public service.

        So many Dems made this possible and now they get to live with it.

        • MattPS

          And still others were so complacent that she would win. “Nobody will vote for that asshole Trump; people can’t be that stupid”, they said. Remember how many were celebrating when he won the Republican nomination, because they were so convinced that the election would be a slam-dunk for Hillary, and how many–myself included–thought that Trump’s incredibly bad showing during the debates would be his Waterloo?

        • Moebym of the Resistance

          They didn’t care about her qualifications. They just didn’t like her, and that was that.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            I agree and not only did many not like her. As if they were voting for someone to be their best friend….
            There was a large contingent that refuses to vote for a female. misogyny runs deep in the human race

          • PeterC

            If anyone is interested in how Trump thinks: Read; Jane Mayer’s article about Tony Schwartz, the author of the book “The Art of the Deal”.
            In The New Yorker, July 25, 2016 Page 20.

          • Kate

            Or, we liked him. It’s not all about her.

          • greenmanTN

            I’m sorry, but if you liked Trump you are mentally deficient, falling for a snake oil saleman. Hey, maybe I’m wrong but I will be seriously surprised if this country isn’t worse off in 4 years. If I am wrong I will admit it. Will you?

          • Kate

            “If I am wrong I will admit it. Will you?”

            Absolutely.

            Two years ago, I was calling out both parties. I had given up and never cast a single vote. Trump came along, and his message is different. Finally, someone who claims to be willing to actually engage in economic protectionism – something I’ve wanted to see for a long time. The gun rights is a bonus, the religious stuff is atrocious. The latter still wasn’t enough to make me vote for Hillary.

            I’m willing to give him a chance. His cabinet is a start in the wrong direction, but at the end of the day, it will depend on how he rides herd on them.

            If he treats we, the people, as his shareholders, and works as hard as he does for his former countries, this should be a good 8 years (even if on the social side, things go more right than left). If he lied, and he lets his cabinet run things, it could be a very short 2.

          • greenmanTN

            Trump wants to be the “face” of the business, not the one doing the nuts-and-bolts work behind the scenes. And he is a appointing a rogue’s gallery of homophobes to key political positions. And these aren’t run of the mill homophobes like uncle Billy-Bob who told that fag joke once, but people who have dedicated part of their professional life to ending, rescinding, and repealing any and all gay rights. Some would like us jailed, at least. And now they are in positions of political power.

            LGBT people are scared of what’s going to happen and I’d say we have pretty good goddamn reasons for it.

            Frankly, our best hope is that since Trump never actually does anything, we have really elected President Ivanka who is at least smarter than her father and probably not an evil social conservative.

          • Kate

            We will see.

            Trump likes being liked, and he does have the distinction of being the first president to actually hold a LGBT flag. He also specifically brought up LGBT rights in a convention and praised his supporters for caring about the community, albeit in the context of muslims wanting to stone gays.

            He is a republican, so I would expect him to sign religious discrimination bills, and republicans to propose them. I suspect (and hope) that anything that was specifically anti-LGBT would get vetoed by him.

            If you look at his support, there are a surprising number of Bernie supporters who voted for Trump. They were referred to affectionately as “bernouts” and “afterburners”. There are a lot of millennial there, too (which helped make up for the lost older conservative voters).

            I’m an active member of the largest Donald Trump online community – I have LGBT flair, and I’ve never been treated poorly, or derided for it. The closest I’ve had in the time since Trump announced was someone who genuinely wondered why gay people wanted to get married. We had a respectful conversation, I pointed out that many gay people do raise families, and those who don’t still want to protect each other.

            Much of Trump’s base isn’t anti-LGBT, and adopting any of those policies will cost him support – not just from the gay Trump supporters. It would also kill any chance of a re-election – without the youth support, he won’t get another 4 years. Should he go that route, I and a lot of other people will be attacking him as strongly as we supported him.

            I will tolerate the religious discrimination bills – I believe that businesses should be able to refuse business to anyone, or to no one – equal protection (or lack thereof) under the law. It’s a step in permitting people to freely choose who they associate with, which I do support. It’s also promoting religion to protected status, which I don’t agree with.

            If it goes any further than that, I’ll be breaking out the pitchforks and joining you.

      • Nic Peterson

        Purdue knows why but won’t admit. Typical.

      • Kate

        Because some of us want our own hope and change.

    • worstcultever

      This is truly Charles Boyer-level gaslighting. “Paula, Paula – you’re so careless with your purse … “

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Good one! Bravo!

    • pj

      he is fucking breathtaking.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      This doesn’t even make sense.

    • crewman

      This is almost like an abuser saying, “Because you wouldn’t sit down when I said, now we have to have blood on the carpet.”

    • Robincho

      I’m afraid the “we” here is royal…

      • zhera

        Well, he does think of himself as a king…

        • Miji

          Well he did give his son a title instead of a name. Barron, wtf?

          • Someone from a workplace far-far away and long ago named his doberman “Barron”. He succumbed to heart worm because (Dave) didn’t have him protected from it with a “cheap” over the counter tablet series. Protect your pets.

    • Michael R
    • Goodboy

      Just remember no to everything Drump and his cronies propose. Any Democrat that says we need to work with them needs to get voted out. They’ll trash the country and blame it on the Democrats anyways.

      • Peter Wong

        Remember what John Oliver said: Tell yourself daily that “This Is Not Normal.”
        Also, never take things Trump says at face value. Like his buddy Putin, he lives by the credo of “Lying is power.”

        • Lori F.

          I taped it to my work computer. It is NOT normal

    • Joe in PA

      My head hurts from all the smacking. 🙁

    • Megrim Twist

      Unreal, what a nightmare.

  • AW

    Yes, 2008 we all had hope. Now we have nothing but despair. Thanks Obama.

  • Paula

    I agree with her. Mike pence’s jeebus licking cabinet nominations are going to do everything they can to strip Gay Rights gains, cripple the public school system and make us poorer.

    • Blake Mason

      Abortion rights on the cutting block as well…

      • Paula

        Forgot about that one. Its been around so long, we shouldn’t even be talking about it anymore.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      The most ” Fundy ” administration, ever.

    • crewman

      Destroying public education is a win for the religious right who wants a non-fact-based indoctrination system.

  • S1AMER

    Maybe there’s a happy drug that can give a thinking person “hope,” if only for a short time. Otherwise? Nah — not after November 8.

    The best I can come up with is that we might be able to save something of a future, if decent people work their asses off in protests and in working for good candidates in 2018 and 2020 and beyond. But we’re going to lose so much in the next two years, and beyond.

  • PickyPecker
    • Todd20036

      A Toast to the Last President of America.

      • Robincho

        wut

        • Todd20036

          Trump is going to change this country in to Nazi Germany Redux.

          With LBGT as the chief victims.

          It won’t be America anymore.

          Trump will be a dictator, not a president.

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  • charemor

    I suppose that His Orangeness will now go on a twitter storm about Michelle.

  • TuuxKabin
    • John P.

      Who is this cutie?

      • Acronym Jim

        I do believe that’s Tom Hiddleston.

      • TuuxKabin

        Thomas William Hiddleston is an English actor, producer and musical performer. At the beginning of his career, he appeared in West End theatre productions of Cymbeline and Ivanov. Wikipedia

      • zhera

        LOKI!

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Hi hon. Still having Disqus issues. I have to log in each time. In any event, now that I have logged in, Happy Holidays. 🙂

  • Sam_Handwich

    DREAMS
    Langston Hughes

    Hold onto dreams
    For if dreams die
    Life is like a broken-winged bird
    That cannot fly.

    Hold fast to dreams
    For when dreams go
    Life is a barren field
    Frozen with snow.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • Bill Post

    I am not without hope. This election pulled back the veil of illusion that is compassionate CONservatism. It doesn’t exist. I know now, without a doubt, what we’re up against. Yes it will be alot of work but I am not without hope.

    • Todd20036

      There is hope, and then there is denial.
      When discrimination becomes wide spread, the camps follow.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • rextrek1

      Tweets and Lawsuit against LEGO – in 5……4…..3….2……

      • zhera

        LEGO is just a stupid thing. They don’t even have real gold pieces to build with. Toys for poor kids, only. LOSERS!

        • Christopher

          LOL

          Silly. Poor kids can’t afford Legos.

          (Seriously! OMG. Has anyone seen the prices of those things lately?)

  • joe ho

    Most of the accomplishments of his presidency are about to be erased.

    Should have been tougher and more up-front about the GOP evil than he was.

    His GOP FBI director did him in.

  • jimbo65

    It’s amazing how the fundie Christians got on board with Trump. Despite him being an adulterer. But hey, it’s all about protecting the babies.

    • Todd20036

      He’s also a kiddie rapist

      • Matt

        I thought that trial was this month. It’s conveniently been swept under the rug it seems.

        • Todd20036

          The victim was going to have a press conference but she received death threats over it.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Its all about them protecting and expanding their tithing operations.
      A few protected fetuses here a few bashed gays there and a smattering of muslims being rounded up.
      Yay. The babtist church just made another million

    • Uncle Mark

      Funny about how so many of those believing in “protecting the babies” complain about all those “lazy” minority groups having “all those babies that working white Americans have to support.” SMH

    • Jerry

      “…protecting the babies…” Only until they develop out of the fetus stage.

      • TrollopeReader

        …and then they complain when the wee ones are on wic / school lunches / free vaccines and summer day care ….

    • AW

      I’m sure that he’s paid for abortions before. Probably of his own spawn and that of he’s spawns spawn… don’t think Ivanka wasn’t pimped out to “close them deals”

  • HoneyBoySmith

    Michelle Obama is, hands down, my favorite First Lady.

    I am SOOOOOO going to miss her.

    • CatApostrophe

      Big fat DITTO! Videos of her giving an interview or a speech are like candy to me. I never don’t wanna hear what she has to say.

  • joe ho

    But look at the political result of the Obama presidency. Only about 15 state governments are not in Republican control. Both House and Senate now Republican. And now the Presidency.

    However popular he may be, it’s been a catastrophe for the Democratic party.

    • Michael R

      The stupidity of the American voter is the catastrophe .

      • safari

        Really, this. Americans brought this on themselves.

      • joe ho

        It’s also the stupidity of the Democratic party.

        Howard Dean urged a 50 state strategy but was outvoted in favor of concentrating on the White House.

        It’s at the state level that most of this poison happens.

        • Ninja0980

          Yup, we blew Dean off and have paid for it.

    • The Democratic party made a lot of the disaster for itself. Granted, I still don’t understand why Obama was dealing with the Republicans in good faith when they’d made it plain that they had no intention of returning the favor, but even with that, the Democrats were too willing to jump ship at crucial times and not willing enough to show some spine — not to mention unity.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    The final family group scene in the Six Feet Under series finale, mom says to departing daughter, “Keep hope alive . . . as long as you can.” (Or words to that effect.)

    • Robincho

      I’ll miss America more than Six Feet Under. And I miss the SHIT outta Six Feet Under…

  • BLM

    America didn’t deserve Michelle or Barack. And she’s right, the hope is gone. I actually am kind of glad that the veil has been lifted and America can be seen for the white racist bigoted, bloated horrible place that it is. It can’t get better here until *white* people grow up about race but that will probably never happen.

    • joe ho

      This could easily have been avoided if liberals had stuck together and shown the kind of party discipline the GOP showed.

      Many Republicans detested Trump, but voted for him anyway.

      Too many leftists stayed home or wasted their vote on a third-party protest vote.

      As far-left icon Chomsky said, those progressives who wouldn’t vote for Hillary have made a very, very bad mistake.

      • Moebym of the Resistance

        Progressives? Discipline? Ain’t happening. Just isn’t in our nature.

        • Todd20036

          It’s what makes our party so superior under most circumstances.

          We hold our leaders to high standards. We don’t allow rapists and murderers to be our leaders if they have a D after their name.

          While Republicans will allow just that.

      • Ninja0980

        Many on our side turned on Obama the minute he dared to compromise or not be as far left as they wanted.
        Always been that way and always will b.

        • jimbo65

          I grew frustrated with Obama’s attempts to compromise. However, I never turned on him. It was just an exercise in futility because the compromise offer was always one sided. He always got his hand slapped away. The closest I came to getting really angry with him was when he was willing to put social security on the table as part of the grand bargain.

          • Jerry

            Yeah, as soon as Obama made an offer, the republicans would refuse and then move the goal posts further to the right. It didn’t matter if he came down in exactly the GOP position on an issue, they were going to refuse regardless.

          • Ninja0980

            He deserved to be called out on that.

        • CottonBlimp

          They didn’t do that because of some personal neurosis, but because compromises have *consequences*. For instance, the last election might have gone a little differently if bipartisan Barack hadn’t left a Bush hack in charge of the FBI.

      • CJAS

        It also could have been avoided if anti-Mexican, anti-Muslim, anti-black messaging didn’t resonate with white voters, irrespective
        of class.

        • joe ho

          Racism is firmly rooted in much of white America. It requires the committed solidarity of minorities to work around that. That level of commitment was lacking.

          • CJAS

            As
            opposed to committed white folks (72% of the electorate in 2012) working to curb white supremacy? No, that doesn’t smack of shifting the responsibility.

  • Robincho

    So is Winfrey going all Maddow?…

  • BLM

    Over 95% of Black Americans voted for Hillary Clinton.

    • joe ho

      No. 95% of Black American votes went to Hillary. Many black Americans didn’t vote. They’re going to regret that mightily.

      • Moebym of the Resistance

        But Dump thinks they were smart not to vote. Seriously, he’s said as much at his “thank you” rallies.

      • Ninja0980

        Especially when they soon won’t have that right at all.

      • Goodboy

        At least someone appreciated it. Maybe they should’ve thrown in another Prop 8 for motivation. Kidding.

        Trump Praises African-Americans Who Didn’t Vote
        https://politicalwire.com/2016/12/16/trump-praises-african-americans-didnt-vote/

  • rextrek1

    ..WE GO FROM Class, Dignity and Self-Respect…to CRASS & TRASH……after Jan 20th ,, refer to the WH as THE WHITE TRASH HOUSE

  • boatboy_srq

    tRump really is Fear* and Anger* personified.

    *Also Greed, Insensitivity, Crassness and Bigotry, but that all falls under Nouveau Riche.

  • Todd

    I feel a nasty new tweet coming at 3AM

    • Joe in PA

      ooooh, I just double-dog-dare him to take on Oprah! Wowowow.

  • Lazycrockett

    As Barack said to Megan Mullally at the WH Christmas party, “We aren’t going anywhere.” I’m kinda looking forward to the Black Post President.

  • madknits

    I am reminded of what is probably my favourite line in The Lion in Winter:
    There’s everything in life but hope.

  • safari

    I’m going to miss this family.

  • Cackalaquiano

    I listened to an interview this morning on NPR. 4 voters out of Pennsylvania, 2 Trumpsters, 2 for Hillary. A black woman who voted for Hillary described the impact Trump’s rhetoric had on her, how she and folks like her perceive the words used by Trump in the campaign. The white woman who voted Trump admitted it was the first time she’d considered how others might interpret Trump’s message so viscerally.

    This is such a ubiquitous problem with conservatives. Why is it, to the person, they are wholly unable to consider any fucking perspective that’s not their own? How the hell did the empathy gene just get omitted from their code? Is this not what a “disorder” is?

    The white woman, in the end, said she’d still vote for Trump, even with her new perspective.

    • Lazycrockett

      Same thing happened at the Bernie Town Hall in Wi. All the white people were like “Oh he doesn’t mean that, Oh he cant do that, Oh the constitution wont allow that” while the black and muslim people in the audience were aghast. White Privilege is strong in the rust belt.

      • Ninja0980

        And everywhere else, as is wealth.
        The people telling me not to worry since Trump won don’t have a damn thing to worry about.

      • Cackalaquiano

        Oh, I’ve certainly had to be reminded numerous times that my white, preppy middle aged male perspective isn’t universal. At least I make some effort to acknowledge that and understand others.

  • joe ho

    Trump’s cabinet: a who’s who of homophobia

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/12/15/trump-cabinet-who-who-homophobia/9UDr8MnXIQAxjO369qzT0J/story.html

    Enjoy, LGBTs who couldn’t be bothered to vote or who, too righteous to vote for Hillary, wasted their votes on a third-party!

    • Ninja0980

      Yup, they have helped doomed us all.

      • Todd20036

        I’ll repeat myself. If RFAs become the law of the land, the next step will be camps.

        Because Hitler’s first step towards genocide was the equivalent of RFAs, but primarily towards Jews instead of gays.

      • rextrek1

        SHUN ALL Gay Republicans…….who has sex with these assholes?

        • joe ho

          Far-left green party purist gays are also a large part of the problem.

      • rextrek1

        ..I do not think our marriage Rights are at Risk….tho I do think they will Pass that FADA law nationwide…….and then the thing will be – WILL OUR ALLIES / families / friends STAND UP for US???

  • boobert

    I have little hope with trump. At this point, even if something happens to him , the kids will continue the attack on the nation.

  • karmanot

    Hope and Nope mark the Obama Presidency.

  • Treant

    Actually, trust as well. I trusted Obama not to be a royal ass and big idiot.

    Moscow Donnie…I don’t trust at all.

  • greenmanTN

    I’ll say it once and once only, if you sat out this election or voted 3rd party, I don’t want to hear a single word from you about the shit that’s coming down the pike. Not. One. Word.

    Don’t like it? Fuck you.

  • Jeffg166
  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Ladies, ladies…. don’t use up all your despair now before he’s even officially started. I’m sure every day of resident rump will bring new mindboggling moments. For instance, knowing Trump, he’s probably gong to want to imitate his hero and fellow dictator in North Korea and pass some kind of law like this:

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/kim-jong-un-sets-beauty-standards-for-policewomen-reports/

    No 6’s or lower. Must be at least a 7 to have employment.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Speaking of First Ladies….. ouch! from the Washington Post today. I’m still snickering about this one: “Ivanka Trump could be the most powerful first lady ever”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/12/16/ivanka-trump-could-be-the-most-powerful-first-lady-ever/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_pe-ivanka-915a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.6bfcf1e3810e

  • MABPHX

    I have no hope, none! Honestly,I dread these next 4 years and fear for our county. Why can’t they nullify they the election due to interference?

  • Bj Lincoln

    I love her. ‘You don’t know what you got til it’s gone.” They will both be missed so much.

  • Gerry Fisher

    I’ll get it back, Michelle. It’s just taking a while to get back on my feet, here….

  • seant426

    One of the smartest, classiest first ladies this country has ever had.

  • Rt1583

    Some still have hope and some don’t.

    My hopes are:

    1. We, the LGBT community specifically and the Country generally, survive this next four years intact, maybe a little rough around the edges but intact.

    2. During mid-term elections and the next Presidential election we (Democrats/liberals) come together with such all might force that the GOP/conservatives are crushed into a filthy puddle of the scum they are.