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Barack Obama on joining Biden’s cabinet: “Michelle would leave me”

The former president said that his wife has forgiven him for “what she put up” with in the White House.

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Barack Obama played a vital role in his vice president’s campaign trail, but now that Joe Biden has been elected to serve the nation for the next four years, the former POTUS has no plans on working in the White House.

In an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” Obama expressed that he is willing to help Biden in any way possible though he knows the president-elect doesn’t need his advice. “Now, I’m not planning to suddenly work on the White House staff or something,” he clarified before dismissing any hopes he would join Biden’s cabinet. “There are probably some things I would not be doing, ‘cause Michelle would leave me. She’d be like, ‘What? You’re doin’ what?’”

As REVOLT previously reported, Obama details the various ways his presidency put a strain on his relationship in his forthcoming memoir, A Promised Land. He shared that he noticed an “undercurrent of tension” in his marriage to Michelle that resulted in many nights spent worrying about their future. “Lying next to Michelle in the dark, I’d think about those days when everything between us felt lighter, when her smile was more constant and our love less encumbered, and my heart would suddenly tighten at the thought that those days might not return,” he wrote.

In his interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” Obama acknowledged all his wife — who “was never into politics” — gave up to support him. “I am mindful of the sacrifices that she made, but the good news is that for whatever reason, she has forgiven me, sort of. She still reminds me occasionally of what she put up with!” he said, adding their departure from the White House relieved Michelle of the pressure to be perfect. “She was able to let go of some of the stress of just feeling as if ‘I’ve got to get everything right all the time. I’m being watched all the time,’ you know, her releasing her breath that I think she had been holding for close to ten years at that point,” he said.

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