President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama: Barbara Walters Full Interview (Video) ABC News Nightline, Dec. 26, 2012

Presidentn Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, with Barbara Walters

Watch the full video of ABC News’ Barbara Walters’ interview with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; their first joint post-election sit-down discussion, broadcast on Nightline on Weds. Dec. 26, 2012 in a special episode, entitled, “The Obamas: Christmas at the White House.” Details plus the complete replay are below, after the jump.

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Part 1 is posted above. The remaining parts of the replay video are posted below.

Originally set for broadcast on Fri. Dec. 14, 2012, the highly anticipated interview was delayed due to the Newtown, CT Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy which took place earlier that day.

As with previous interviews Barbara Walters has conducted with the Obamas, it covers a range of topics from the political issues of the day, including the budget negotiations and the looming fiscal cliff deadline, as well as personal and intimate topics, regarding their marriage and family life in the White House.

Here are a few excerpts from the discussion. Asked about how the President and First Lady and family felt prior to the election and the prospects of being re-elected to a second term:

“The girls definitely asked the question, ‘Well, what happens if dad loses?’ And the thing that we just tried to instill in them was that, you know what, we were fine before we were here, and we’re going to be fine no matter what happens,” Mrs. Obama said.

“The truth is that for us, the campaign remained fairly steady,” she added. “You never know what’s going to happen, but in terms of what our team was telling us… we trusted the American people.”

On their marital happiness and success:

“Like every marriage, I think you have your ups and you have your downs, but one of the things that has happened is that if you’ve worked through the tough times, the respect and love that you feel deepens,” the president told Walters of his marriage. […]

“We end up feeling, after 20 years, just the sense of you can’t imagine your life without the other person,” he said. “And you can’t imagine sort of another partner that would give you more lasting satisfaction.”

The remainder of the video is posted below. More summary and transcript excerpts at

Part 2 On making tough decisions

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Part 3 Michelle Obama and Bo, Answer Kids’ Questions

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You can also watch the full episode replay video at here.

Photo credit: Official White House Photo: Pete Souza

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President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama: (Video) Full Interview with Barbara Walters, Nightline, Dec. 26, 2012


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