Michelle Obama Urges U.S. Leaders To ‘Encourage A Smooth Transition Of Power’

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In this image from video, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 17.

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Obama’s comments, made in a lengthy Instagram post on Monday, come after she played a somewhat limited role during the 2020 presidential campaign. The former first lady recorded videos for the Biden campaign, but did not appear at any campaign events in person. The comments also come as her husband, former President Barack Obama is making the rounds to promote his new memoir, which will be released on Tuesday.

In Monday’s post, Obama described her feelings in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election, which delivered Trump the presidency. She described herself as «hurt and disappointed,» but said that «the votes had been counted and Donald Trump had won.»

«The American people had spoken. And one of the great responsibilities of the presidency is to listen when they do,» she said.

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