While America was slowly coming to realize that Donald Trump had pulled off one of the greatest upsets in political history, First Lady Michelle Obama was sound asleep.
“I went to bed. I don’t like to watch the political discourse; I never have,” Obama told People Magazine, adding of her husband, “I barely did with him.”
But by the time she tucked in on election night, the first lady had become a common sight on the campaign trail and a speaker who rivaled the president.
In fact, even the president’s own spokesman acknowledged that Michelle Obama had become Hillary Clinton’s most effective campaign surrogate.
The first lady became known for her emotion-packed speeches, first in Philadelphia at the Democratic convention in July, and then in New Hampshire when she told Clinton supporters in October that Trump’s rhetoric, including what he said about women on a leaked video tape, had left her “shaken to her core.”
Michelle Obama regrets none of the harsh judgments she voiced during the campaign, she told People. But now that the election is over, she said, it’s important to ensure a smooth transition.
“Anything that I felt about the election I said and I stand by,” Michelle Obama said.
Since November, President Obama has abruptly cut off any speculation about his wife’s future political ambitions.
“Michelle will never run for office. She is as talented a person as I know,” President Obama told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “You can see the incredible resonance she has with the American people. But I joke that she’s too sensible to want to be in politics.”