PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Yeah, partly because, obviously, uh, the symbolism of a president who emancipated the slaves as the first African-American president, that's something I think about.
BARBARA WALTERS: Yeah.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: But he's also somebody who, I think, wrestled with the weightiest issues, the biggest crisis that our country ever went through. And yet, he never demonized the other side.
BARBARA WALTERS: Well, Thanksgiving is a time of healing, so…
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Abraham Lincoln was the person who made…
BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that nice.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: …Thanksgiving a national holiday.
BARBARA WALTERS: You know, I didn't know that.
BARBARA WALTERS: You know, when we talked two years ago, you said that you were not going to cook.
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: Yes.
BARBARA WALTERS: And I know that you…
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: I get that…
BARBARA WALTERS: …Probably, you're still not cooking….Everybody else, everybody else is bringing food in.
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: Well…the tradition was to bring everybody, when we were in Chicago. And that was a potluck, because rather than have us all cook…Every would bring some.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:…Yeah, everybody would bring something.
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: Yeah, I have to say, we don't require people to bring food to the White House. In fact, the chef and the staff would be insulted, so…
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well also, the Secret Service would have to taste everything.
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: That's right. That's true.
BARBARA WALTERS: Really?
This year, the service event for the Obamas, their relatives and guests was helping out at Martha's Table --- an organization in Washington that feeds the poor. On Wednesday afternoon, the President of the United States and his extended family donned aprons and helped other volunteers feed less fortunate citizens of the nation's capital.
At the White House on Thanksgiving, family and friends gathered for dinner here in the main rooms on the first floor. But the President planned to spend some time upstairs, in what he calls his favorite room.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The treaty room which is my office, because it's also where I can watch football.
BARBARA WALTERS: Ah, yes, yes! I have to ask you about football.
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: We should have something more deep than that to say. How about in there you go to contemplate life.
BARBARA WALTERS: Well now, now, now, please, I want to talk to you since we're here, because we forgot about football, because all the big games are coming up.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Absolutely.
BARBARA WALTERS: You're going to watch.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I will watch, absolutely.
BARBARA WALTERS: Do you watch alone, or does…
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: No, I've got…
BARBARA WALTERS: …Anybody watch, the girls?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: …I've got my brother in-law, I've got my nephew.
BARBARA WALTERS: Yeah, so far I haven't seen any girls.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I've got Michelle's uncles.
BARBARA WALTERS: Yeah, wait a minute.
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: I pop in and out.
BARBARA WALTERS: I'm…
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: But I don't watch the whole game.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: You know, hey now, I will say, Michelle actually knows her football. Because when we work out in the mornings, we always have it on Sports Center. And she has now become…
BARBARA WALTERS: Hmm.