By Samantha Cooney
December 7, 2016
Samantha Cooney is the content strategy editor at TIME.

First Lady Michelle Obama, who criticized President-elect Donald Trump throughout the campaign, didn’t wait up to hear the results on election night.

“I went to bed,” Obama told People in a joint interview with her husband, President Barack Obama. “I don’t like to watch the political discourse; I never have.”

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The First Lady, who stumped for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton throughout the campaign, gave some of the most notable speeches of the campaign. At the Democratic National Convention in July, Obama delivered a blistering critique of Trump without uttering his name. And in October, she articulated what Trump’s lewd comments meant to women in a speech. “The fact is that in this election, we have a candidate for President of the United States who, over the course of his lifetime and the course of this campaign, has said things about women that are so shocking, so demeaning that I simply will not repeat anything here today,” Obama said at that speech.

“Anything that I felt about the election I said and I stand by,” Obama told People. “Once you do what you can do, then the rest is easy. It was in the hands of the American people.”

Obama, who met with incoming First Lady Melania Trump last month, said that she’s prepared to welcome the new administration into the White House.

“This is our democracy, and this is how it works,” she said. “We are ready to work with the next administration and make sure they are as successful as they can be. Because that’s what’s best for this country.”

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