Barack Obama opens up about wife Michelle in his last interview

Whether you love Barack Obama or loathe him, no doubt you have some interest in what life as president of
Barack Obama has given his last interview as president with 60 Minutes. Source: YouTube

Whether you love Barack Obama or loathe him, no doubt you have some interest in what life as president of the United States is like.

As he prepares to move out of the White House, Obama has given his last interview as president with 60 Minutes in the US – and he’s made some surprise admissions about his wife Michelle, the first Lady many of you here at SAS love.

In the interview Obama revealed that Michelle “never full took to the scrutiny” of being First Lady.

“She’s thrived as a first lady, but it’s not her preference. And so … she was the hardest sell. And she never fully embraced being in the public spotlight, which is ironic, given how good she is,” he said.

“But having said that, she would acknowledge and I certainly feel that we just have a lot of memories here. You know, our kids grew up here. Some of our best friends have been made here in this place. There have been moments that were highlights for us that are going be hard to duplicate.

“You know, she used to say to our friends, ‘Barack’s exactly the kind of guy I want to be president. I just wish he didn’t want to do it when I was married to him.’”

The Obamas are packed and prepared to leave the White House, and many of us are wondering what they will do next.

Obama told 60 Minutes that the family were ready to go.

“The girls, obviously, you know, they are now of an age in which the constraints of Secret Service and bubbles and all that stuff has gotten pretty old,” he said.

He also said he was looking forward to spending time more quality time with Michelle.

“We’ve got some catching up to do, we’ve both been busy,” he said.

“I’m going to try to get some sleep and do a little puttering because I haven’t had a lot of chance to reflect and absorb all this. I do not expect to be behind a desk a lot. I’m looking forward to getting out of the bubble.”

And of course the interview wouldn’t have been complete without questions about Donald Trump.

Obama admitted the election campaign had been “unusual” and described Trump as “an unconventional candidate”.

“I don’t think there’s anybody who has run a campaign like his successfully in modern history — not that I can think of. And, as a consequence, because he didn’t have the support of many of the establishment in his own party, because he ran an improvisational campaign,” he said.

“I think that he [Trump] was clearly able to tap into a lot of grief and he has a talent for identifying with his supporters that overrode some of the traditional benchmarks of how you conduct a campaign or conduct yourself as a candidate.

“I think everybody has to acknowledge, don’t underestimate the guy because he’s going to be 45th president of the United States.

“The one thing I have said to him directly, and I would advise my Republican friends in Congress and supporters around the country is, just make sure that as we go forward, certain norms, certain institutional traditions don’t get eroded because there’s a reason they’re in place.”

What a great insight from Obama!

What do you think of Obama’s comments? Will you be sad to see him leave the White House?

  1. Mary Merrington  

    Famous American comedienne Joan Rivers said on video that “Michelle is a tranny…..everybody knows it!”
    A book that has just come out by a former White House security guy (I think it was) called “The Black House” mentions the same apparently making it all sound very dodgey and hard to know what to believe.
    Considering that the head of CIA is a converted Muslim and that Obama accidently said that he was of Muslim faith, makes it very difficult to believe anything in any media nowadays with all these coverups and scandals.
    CIA being responsible for the assassinations of Martin Luther King, J. And E. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and probably also princess Diana via M15!
    Who knows anything for sure these days!

    • Be Potter  

      Mary…….! What a load of rubbish, you cant believe every bit of gossip you hear, as for Joan Rivers, her tongue was firmly in her cheek, she would say anything to get a laugh.

  2. Denise  

    I think they have been a great couple – very dignified, but fun at the same time, and we don’t often see a Presient looking so much in love with his wife and vice versa! I think they have brought a new, fun perspective to political office, to the White House and to the first family, and I think that’s the last we’ve seen of that for a while – certainly won’t be like that with the next President.

  3. Edwina Murray  

    I have always admired the Obama’s, American’s were blessed to have had such a beautiful,dignified couple as President and first lady for 8 years,wish he was head of our country here in Australia …………….

    • Joan Marshall  

      Obviously Denise you have not taken note that Obama lied to protect the FRAUD Hillary and lied that he is a Muslim and has only now admitted it. Previously he was a Christian now he is Muslim why did he lie to start with?

    • Joan Marshall  

      Edwina You have not taken note Obama lied he was a Christian now he has admitted he is Muslim. Lied to protect Hillary. Which President leaves the White House to campaign for a candidate? only this one when it suits the Obamas.

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