For the past eight years, Michelle Obama has performed her role as First Lady of the United Stares with poise, dignity and grace.
However, after campaigning tirelessly for Hillary Clinton during this year’s presidential race, the 52-year-old could be forgiven for feeling more than a little disheartened that Donald Trump was the candidate who emerged victorious on election night.
Michelle – who has already been called upon to stand for president in 2020 by fans – had previously said that Trump’s attitude towards women had “shaken me to my core”.
She’s rarely shied away from strong, powerful and painfully honest words, so when asked what she did on election night, we expected her to admit that she’d been angry, or cried, or – at the very least – poured herself a stiff drink.
Instead, during an interview with People, she admitted: “I went to bed.”
“Yes she did,” confirmed her husband, with a smile.
Michelle’s reasoning for hitting the hay early was that the result wouldn’t change: “I don’t watch debates. I don’t like to watch the political discourse. I never have. I barely did with him [Barack].
“Once you do what you can do, then you rest easy. It’s in the hands of the American people.”
Proving that she will always live by her mantra of ‘they go low, we go high’, Michelle went on to explain that she truly believes in her country’s right to a democratic vote – and explained that, regardless of her misgivings about the new President-elect, she is willing to stand by the public’s decision.
“I think anything that I felt about the election, I had said – and I stand by it,” she said. “This is our democracy, and this is how it works, and so we are ready to work with the next administration to make sure that they are as successful as they can be. Because that’s what’s good for this country.”
The First Lady has previously left no one in doubt about her feelings on Trump. “Here I am out on the campaign trail in an election where we have consistently been hearing hurtful, hateful language about women,” she said during a rally in New Hampshire, USA.
“Language that has been painful for so many of us, not just as women, but as parents trying to protect our children and raise them to be caring, respectful adults, and as citizens who think our nation’s leaders should meet basic standards of human decency.”
She continued: “The fact is that, in this election, we have a candidate for president of the United States who over the course of his lifetime, and the course of this campaign, has said things about women that are so shocking, so demeaning that I simply will not repeat anything here today.”
It’s easy to see why #Michelle2020 began trending on Twitter just hours after Trump’s victory was announced.
However, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, President Obama said that he did not expect his wife to return to the White House any time soon.
“Michelle will never run for office,” he said. “She is as talented a person as I know. 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.”
However Obama added that he and his wife will continue to work hard for the people of the USA, saying: “I will continue to be very active, and Michelle is going to continue to be very active – and [on] the very thing that brought us here, which is our belief that when you work with people on the ground at a grassroots level, change happens.
“When people feel disconnected from the institutions of government, they can swing back and forth in all sorts of ways.”
Hmm… that’s pretty good news, we guess. But, if you change your mind, Michelle, you’ve always got our vote.