Transcript: Barbara Walters Interviews the Obamas

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FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: I think the rose is always my children, my family. Going to the bases, military bases, visiting the families. I mean, that's some of the best work that I do and it keeps you focused on what's important. And then you understand what real sacrifice is. I don't come back and feel sorry for anything going on with me here. I don't have a lot of thorns. I've got the thorny-less part of this gig and I tease him about that. Sometimes I walk away from the calls I hear him on and I think whew good luck with that.

BARBARA WALTERS: You mentioned visiting families of servicemen.

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: Mm-hmm.

BARBARA WALTERS: What do you tell the mothers?

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: You know, that's… Not much you can say. Yeah.

BARBARA WALTERS: What do you say?

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: I hug 'em.

BARBARA WALTERS: Yeah.

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA : I cry with them. I tell them how sorry I am, or feel for their loss, that there's no way on earth that I could possibly know how they feel…. These are proud families, so they're not looking for sympathy, they're just looking for that hand to ensure that they can keep going, particularly when their kid's involved. So, I figure all I can do is come back here and keep working.

BARBARA WALTERS: Do you have a Thanksgiving message that you'd like to give to the country?

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I just want to remind people of how incredibly resilient this country is, how we have been through wars and depressions, and great turmoil and yet, we've always been able to pull together, and make our way towards a brighter future for our kids and our grandkids. And this time's going to be no different.

BARBARA WALTERS: As First Lady Mrs. Obama, do you have a Thanksgiving message for families?

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: I would urge people to use this time to come together, as families and community, and don't, don't take it for granted. Be kind to each other and laugh a little bit. Yeah. And don't worry about how much you eat. Just enjoy it.

BARBARA WALTERS: You mean you're not going to…

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: This is the time! Eat pie! Eat the dressing!

BARBARA WALTERS: I thank you for welcoming us in your home.

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: Thank you for being here. Thank you so much.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Thank you, Barbara.

BARBARA WALTERS: Mr. President, thank you, thank you.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Thank you.

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