Her husband repeatedly used messages of hope in his presidential campaigns and during his time in office.
But US First Lady Michelle Obama has struck a much less upbeat tone in her last TV interview before the family leaves the White House.
Speaking to talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Mrs Obama said America’s outlook had changed since Donald Trump won November’s election.
“Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like,” she said.
Mrs Obama played an unusually prominent role in the 2016 election cycle, throwing her support behind Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and trading barbs with Mr Trump.
She called on women to rise up against him over his groping comments and denounced his campaign’s “hateful language”.