Michelle Obama recalled welcoming Donald Trump and his family to the White House after Trump won the election.
Her post came as Trump continues to refuse to concede the recent election to President-elect Joe Biden.
“This week, I’ve been reflecting a lot on where I was four years ago,” Obama wrote in the Instagram post, along with a photo from 2016. “Hillary Clinton had just been dealt a tough loss by a far closer margin than the one we’ve seen this year. I was hurt and disappointed – but the votes had been counted and Donald Trump had won. The American people had spoken.”
“My husband and I instructed our staffs to do what George and Laura Bush had done for us: run a respectful, seamless transition of power – one of the hallmarks of American democracy,” she said. “We invited the folks from the president-elect’s team into our offices and prepared detailed memos for them, offering what we’d learned over the past eight years.”
Obama recounted of 2016, “I have to be honest and say that none of this was easy for me. Donald Trump had spread racist lies about my husband that had put my family in danger. That wasn’t something I was ready to forgive. But I knew that, for the sake of our country, I had to find the strength and maturity to put my anger aside.”
“This isn’t a game,” she added. “So I want to urge all Americans, especially our nation’s leaders, regardless of party, to honor the electoral process and do your part to encourage a smooth transition of power, just as sitting presidents have done throughout our history.”