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“2016 elections ‘was painful’,” says Michelle Obama

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WASHINGTON: First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama has said this past election was “painful,” but says she and her husband will support President-elect Donald Trump’s ongoing transition to the White House and beyond because it’s “what’s best for the country.”

“It was painful,” she said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey at the White House here on Monday.


Mrs. Obama was a vocal supporter of Democratic candidate for the president Hillary Clinton during the campaign. She said that it was “challenging for her as a citizen to watch and experience.”

Commenting on Donald Trump’s win, who will take over the White House as the 45th president, Michelle Obama said she and her husband, President Barrack Obama are supporting Trump’s transition.

“No matter how we felt going into it, it is important for the health of this nation that we support the commander in chief,” she said.


“It wasn’t done when my husband took office, but we’re going high, and this is what’s best for the country,” she said, a reference to her comments during the campaign that when opponents go “low,” Democrats should take the high road.

When asked whether she is considering to take part in the US politics, Mrs. Obama says she won’t run for public office.

“People don’t really understand how hard this is,” she said. “It’s not something that you cavalierly just sort of ask a family to do again.”


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.