President Obama, First Lady Exchange Valentine's Day Wishes on 'Ellen'

Obama is the first sitting president to appear in-studio on DeGeneres' show.

February 12, 2016, 7:36 AM
PHOTO: President Barack Obama appears on a taping of the Ellen DeGeneres Show in Burbank, Calif., Feb. 11, 2016.
President Barack Obama appears on a taping of the Ellen DeGeneres Show in Burbank, Calif., Feb. 11, 2016.
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— -- Leaving his dancing shoes at home this time around, President Obama returned to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Thursday for a wide-ranging interview for today's episode on everything from a “depressing” Washington, D.C., to tears he plans to shed at his daughter's coming graduation.

Obama's last appearance on the show was in 2007, when then-Sen. Obama broke down some dance moves to Beyonce's “Crazy in Love.”

This time around, Obama, becoming the first president to join DeGeneres for an in-studio interview, was more restrained.

DeGeneres surprised Obama with a Valentine's Day video message from his wife, Michelle Obama, who appeared on the show last year.

"Roses are red, violets are blue, you are the president, and I am your glue," she said, asking him to bring her some chocolate back from California.

Obama responded with his own message from the Los Angeles studio, where he promised he would be gifting the first lady some zucchini bread and a massage.

"Somebody call the Situation Room because things are about to get hot," he replied, over romantic background music. "Michelle, this Valentine's Day, I'm going to treat you right."

DeGeneres, who is married to actress Portia de Rossi, then thanked the president for her staying married to her own "strong, beautiful" wife.

Obama, who spent the day in California keynoting several Democratic fundraisers, admitted to DeGeneres his joy with being outside the Washington bubble.

"It’s always good to get out of Washington, which can sometimes be a little depressing," Obama said, though admitting his sadness over having to give up Air Force One as the end of his presidency approaches.

Obama insisted, as he has multiple times during the 2016 presidential campaign, that despite early turbulence, "the ship will be righted" and cooler heads will prevail.

ABC News' Benjamin Siegel contributed to this post.