Obama on Auto Execs' Private Jets: 'A Little Tone Deaf'

OBAMA: No. I don't think about it, partly because I've got this pretty terrific crew of Secret Service guys that follow me every where I go. But, also because, you know, I have a deep religious faith, and a faith in people that, you know, carries me through the day. And, my job is just to make sure I'm doing my job, and if I do I can't worry about that kind of stuff.


OBAMA: I think a lot of it just has to do with making sure that they understand that, they're special to us because we're their parents. But they're not special, you know in terms of having to do their homework or having to do chores or having…

WALTERS:They have to do chores in the White House?

MICHELLE OBAMA: Yeah. That was the first thing I said to some of the staff when I did my visit. Because of course, the girls, they're so good. I said, "You know, we're gonna have to set up some boundaries. Because they're gonna need to be able to make their beds and ..."

WALTERS: Really?

MICHELLE OBAMA: They do that now.

WALTERS: In the White House they're gonna have to make the beds and clean up their rooms?

BARACK OBAMA: Doing that since they were 4 years old.

MICHELLE OBAMA: That's gonna be one of my goals. Don't make their beds. Make mine. (Laughs)


MICHELLE OBAMA: But skip the kids; let 'em make their own beds. They have to learn these things.

BARACK OBAMA: And they have. That's the one thing that I'm most proud about my kids is that they're kind, thoughtful kids. And they show everybody respect. Everybody they meet. They're kind and sweet too, and they're thoughtful. And really, if they retain that the other stuff will take care of itself.



WALTERS: You're getting advice from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife, Cherie Blair. She warns that you will have to learn to take a back seat.


WALTERS: And that you will not be able to have any kind of a career.


WALTERS: She says that that will be a very difficult thing to do.

MICHELLE OBAMA: People used to ask me that during the course of a campaign, is it hard for you to have stepped off the track, and devoted your, your life to his dream? But the truth is, is that I believe in this man as our president and his vision for the country.

So I feel like every other citizen that, you know, I felt like I had to do whatever I needed to do to make sure we had somebody like him in the White House. And if that meant, you know, stepping away from my particular job for a year-and-a-half or for four or for eight years, if you do what you're supposed to do…


MICHELLE OBAMA: …then, ya know? That's a small sacrifice to make.



WALTERS: I have one final, very important question. I, Mrs. Obama, I sent you a picture of my dog, Cha Cha…


WALTERS: Who is a Havanese, and a very perfect dog, and…


WALTERS: Cha Cha. Cha Cha is a dog, he's a Havanese, he's from Havana…real name is "Cha-cha-cha."

BARACK OBAMA: Cha-cha-cha.

WALTERS: Yeah. (overlap)

BARACK OBAMA What is a Havanese?

WALTERS: Oh, it's like a little…it's like a little terrier. And they're non-allergenic, and they're the sweetest dogs in the world.

BARACK OBAMA: But, but it's a…it's like a little yappy dog.

WALTERS: Yeah, you don't want (overlap)…

MICHELLE OBAMA: Don't criticize.

BARACK OBAMA: Yeah, it like sits in your lap and things?

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