Stephen Colbert welcomed First Lady Michelle Obama onto The Late Show last night to talk about her CNN documentary We Will Rise, which is about her Let Girls Learn initiative. But before getting into that, Colbert asked Mrs. Obama about the current election, and whether or not she has any sympathy for the spouses of the current presidential candidates, who will ostensibly become either First Lady Melania Trump or First Lady Bill Clinton.
“Uhh, no, not really,” she deadpanned. Continuing, she explained: “No, because you have to be in it. If you’re in it and you don’t agree, you should have agreed before they ran, you know? Bottom line is, if I didn’t agree with what Barack was saying, I would not support his run. So, I stand there proudly and I hope they are too.”
That seemed like the perfect segue for Colbert to bring up Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech debacle, or as he so delicately put it, “Melania Trump was so criticized for using what turned out to be a portion of your speech.” But noting that Mrs. Trump may have had people influencing her, he asked the First Lady whether or not she might have sympathy in that situation.
“Yeah, that was tough,” Obama bluntly replied. And while she did not elaborate, her smirking face said everything and more. I’d say she’ll be missed, but as she makes it clear at the end of the interview, we’ll still be seeing her around long after she and her family leave the White House.
We Will Rise premieres October 11 on CNN.