In a new interview on Wednesday, former First Lady Michelle Obama appeared to gloat about Donald Trump losing the presidential election, saying that his defeat allows her and her fellow activists to “breathe for a moment.”
“We breathe for a moment, but there’s still work to be done,” Michelle told People Magazine when asked about the 2020 presidential election results. Michelle gave this interview to promote her new Netflix cooking show “Waffles and Mochi.”
Later on, Michelle talked about how much she and her husband, former President Barack Obama, despise winter. In fact, they hope to never experience the season again.
“I’ve been telling my daughters I’m moving toward retirement right now, picking projects and chasing summer,” she said. “Barack and I never want to experience winter again.
Michelle also discussed her excitement over her future retirement, especially after the construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago and the Obama Foundation.
“We’re building the foundation for somebody else to continue the work so we can retire and be with each other,” she said. “And Barack can golf too much, and I can tease him about golfing too much because he’s got nothing else to do.”
Michelle then opened up about the mental health challenges that she faced in 2020, when she was hit with what she called a “low-grade depression.”
“Depression is understandable during these times,” Michelle said, adding that this is something that is important to both recognize and talk about.
“I needed to acknowledge what I was going through, because a lot of times we feel like we have to cover that part of ourselves up, that we always have to rise above and look as if we’re not paddling hard underneath the water,” Michelle said.
The Obama family has spent the past year quarantining at their homes in Washington, D.C., and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Michelle admitted in this interview that she has indeed already gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I encourage everyone to get a vaccine as soon as they have an opportunity,” she said.