In a new interview with People, Michelle Obama says she suffered with depression during the pandemic and aftermath of George Floyd’s death but Biden’s victory over Trump allows for a chance to “breathe for a moment.”
“We breathe for a moment, but there’s still work to be done,” the former first lady said.
Obama also mentioned “moving toward retirement.”
“I’ve been telling my daughters I’m moving toward retirement right now, picking projects and chasing summer,” she said. “Barack and I never want to experience winter again.
“That was during a time when a lot of hard stuff was going on,” she also explained. “We had the continued killing of Black men at the hands of police. Just seeing the video of George Floyd, experiencing that eight minutes. That’s a lot to take on, not to mention being in the middle of a quarantine. Depression is understandable during these times. I needed to acknowledge what I was going through, because a lot of times we feel like we have to cover that part of ourselves up, that we always have to rise above and look as if we’re not paddling hard underneath the water.”
“This is what mental health is. You have highs and lows,” she says. “What I have said to my daughters is that one of the things that is getting me through is that I’m old enough to know that things will get better.”