Barack Obama Jokes Michelle 'Would Leave Me' If He Joined Biden's Cabinet


Barack Obama will help President-elect Joe Biden "in any ways that [he] can," but it won't be by joining the former Vice President's cabinet.

In a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning, where he addressed a wide range of topics including his upcoming new memoir A Promised Land, the former President told Gayle King his wife Michelle Obama would not be happy about a return to Washington.

"[Biden] doesn't need my advice, and I will help him in any ways that I can," Obama said when asked what advice he'd given 46. "Now, I'm not planning to suddenly work on the White House staff or something."

King then asked Obama, “No Cabinet position for you, Mr. President?”

Obama replied, laughing, "There are probably some things I would not be doing, 'cause Michelle would leave me. She'd be like, 'What? You're doin' what?'"

Earlier in the interview, Obama spoke, in front of Michelle's First Lady portrait at the Smithsonian and recalled his and his family’s experience leaving the White House in 2017.

“When the presidency was over, two things happened. One was, objectively, I just had more time,” he said. "But two is that [Michelle] was able to let go of some of the stress of just feeling as if 'I've got to get everything right all the time. I'm being watched all the time.'"

He added, "You know, her releasing her breath that I think she had been holding for close to 10 years at that point."

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