When Michelle Obama uttered the words, “When they go low, we go high,” in her address to the Democratic National Convention in July, they resonated with men and women the world over.
Now, she has revealed she and her family will continue to champion that approach in an interview with Oprah, which airs in full on CBS today.
When asked what she and Melania talked about during their first meeting at the White House, after Donald Trump won the election, the First Lady said she followed in the footsteps of her predecessors. “My offer to Melania was, you know, you really don’t know what you don’t know until you’re here, so the door is open.”
“I’m not new in this ‘going high’ thing. I’m modeling what was done for me by the Bushes,” she said. “Laura Bush was nothing but gracious and helpful, and her team was right there for my team, all throughout this entire eight-year process.”
The First Lady went one step further, telling Oprah, “We will do whatever they need to help them succeed. So that's one of the things I said to Melania: ‘When you get to a place when you can digest all this and you have questions—because you don't have questions the day after the election—my door is open.’ And that was really the nature of the meeting."
In additional previews of the interview, the FLOTUS talks about the importance of hope and her struggles with being labeled an “angry black woman". "I thought, 'OK, well, let me live my life out loud so that people can then see and then judge for themselves,'" she says. "And that's what I want young people to do: Just live your life. Live it out loud."