Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats await Manchin decision on voting rights bill Biden plans to host Obama for portrait unveiling that Trump skipped: report More than 70 companies call on Senate to pass voting right bill MORE revealed how she felt during President TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport MORE's inauguration in an interview during the Essence Festival on Saturday.

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“And then we had to meet the Trumps. That day was very emotional. And then to sit at that inauguration and to look around at a crowd that was not reflective of the country, and I had to sit in that audience as one of the handfuls of people of color. All that I had to hold on to over those last eight years, and it was a lot emotionally," Obama said.

"By the time I got on the plane, it was a release of 8 years of trying to have to show up.”

King then asked Obama about how she felt about Trump rolling back a lot of what former President Obama accomplished.

“People ask me that question all the time and I can honestly say, our upset wasn’t over our legacy," Michelle Obama explained.

"We weren’t there to instill our legacy, but the upset it would cause the country. What saddens me is what it’s doing to the country as a whole. What we have to be really conscientious of is what kind of country we’re leaving for our children or grandchildren."

Michelle Obama published her best-selling memoir "Becoming" in 2018 and has been touring for the book since.