The day after President Barack Obama announced that U.S. forces assassinated known terrorist Osama bin Laden, Barack and first lady Michelle appeared on “Oprah” to discuss their lives away from politics.
Although they’re honored to be president and first lady, the two told Oprah Winfrey they miss the normalcy of life before the White House.
“You can’t take a walk. That is the single thing that I miss most is… I used to be able to take Sasha and Malia over to the park and swing ‘em on a swing, and decide afterward, we might go get some ice cream or stop by a bookstore and those kinds of moments, they’re so precious. You forget how precious they are until you can’t do that anymore," the president said. “That’s the toughest thing. You can’t do anything outside of the White House grounds that’s spontaneous.”
Michelle concurred, "I can’t go to Target. I guess I could, but it would mess up everyone else’s shopping experience,” she said.
While the two sat across from Oprah clasping one another’s hands, Barack said his family and the U.S. citizens help keep him grounded and focused.
“I get letters from constituents all across the country every night. I make sure to read them, and I respond to as many as I can. The stories folks tell are just incredibly powerful,” he said.
However, it’s mostly his family and Michelle that keep him grounded.
“When I come home, no matter what I’m dealing with, I know that I’ve got people there who not only do I love, but whose company I just enjoy,” he said. “Not only is she a great first lady, but she is my rock,” he added.
Oprah admitted that she considered canceling the show’s airing after Sunday night’s announcement about the death of Osama bin Laden.
"Trying to decide what to do about tomorrow’s show with prez that was taped last week. Show will feel dated because we taped last week. Not even a hint of Osama’s demise," Winfrey tweeted Sunday night. However, the "Oprah" producers decided to air the episode with the disclaimer that it was a "previously recorded" interview.
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-Tracy L. Scott