Michelle Obama: Election ‘painful’ to watch

First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaJill Biden, Kate Middleton to meet this week Jill Biden to focus on military families on foreign trip Book claims Trump believed Democrats would replace Biden with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama in 2020 election MORE said the 2016 election was “painful” to watch in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Monday night on CBS.

“You know, this past election was challenging for me as a citizen. To watch and experience. It was painful,” Obama told Winfrey.

But she also pledged to support the transition to a Trump administration.  

“Words matter,” she said. “The words that we say moving forward, all of us, it matters. Which is one of the reasons why [President] Barack [Obama] and I are so supportive of this transition. Because 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 was a strong surrogate for Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNSA leaker Reality Winner released from federal prison Monica Lewinsky signs production deal with 20th TV Police investigating death of TV anchor who uncovered Clinton tarmac meeting as suicide MORE on the campaign trail, speaking out forcefully against President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE.

In a speech at the Democratic National Convention this summer, she cast the GOP presidential nominee as a bully who did not represent the true spirit of the United States — though she never mentioned him by name.

Asked whether she’ll ever run for office, a question she’s faced repeatedly, she again said no.

"People don't really understand how hard this is," she told CBS.  

In the same interview, she described feeling wounded by critics who portrayed her as an “angry black woman.”

“That was one of those things where you just sort of think, ‘Dang, you don’t even know me,’ ” she told. "You just sort of feel like, ‘Wow, where’d that come from?' "