Much of the impeachment saga, focusing on President Donald Trump’s attempts to coerce a foreign leader to allegedly interfere in the upcoming 2020 elections, has got Americans feeling down, as well as feeling animosities toward one another.
Americans are split, most polls find, on the question of impeachment. There’s a general agreement, however, that things are not going the way people want them to — a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 57 percent of Americans say things are going down the “wrong track,” with only 30 percent saying they’re moving in the “right direction.”
Those numbers are depressing for a number of reasons. But in spite of the attitudes some are espousing, former first lady Michelle Obama still holds an optimistic viewpoint for the future of our country.
According to an interview published Monday morning by The Today Show on NBC, Obama is also putting some focus on the impeachment hearings. “It’s surreal. I don’t think people know what to make of it,” she said.
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But as far as what will happen next, Obama is confident the country can move forward. “Do I think we can come back from it? Oh yeah,” she said.
“We’ve seen tough times in this country. You know we’ve gone through depressions and wars and bombings and terrorist attacks, and we’ve gone through Jim Crow, and we’ve always come out stronger,” Obama added.
Americans have always persevered, Obama pointed out, because we’ve known we can’t be satisfied with doing otherwise. The same will be true out of the current crisis.
“[W]hat’s our choice? To ball up in a corner and call it a day?” the former first lady asked rhetorically. “Well, that’s not fair to this next generation that’s coming before us that are counting on us to get this right.”