Share this story
Close X
Switch to Desktop Site

Obama on '60 Minutes' -- leader of the free world, doer of dishes

Jake Turcotte

About these ads

A lot changes when you move from Chicago to Washington, the Senate to the White House.

In an interview on "60 Minutes" last night, President-elect Obama talked about the policies he is preparing to implement, the briefings he is getting -- and on a personal level, mourned his “loss of anonymity” and the fact he could no longer walk around his Chicago neighborhood or visit his barber.

“I gotta have my barber come to some undisclosed location to cut my hair,” he said.

The future first lady, Michelle Obama, said her first priority would be helping the couple’s young daughters adjust to Washington. Beyond that, “ I care about military families and the work/family balance issue. I care about education…I believe that we can have an impact in the D.C. area. You know, in terms of making sure we're contributing to the community that we immediately live in,” she said.

Doing dishes?

And there was a playful exchange in the interview about domestic duties. When Mr. Obama decided to run for president, he agreed to perform certain chores on his days at home including washing the dishes.

Last night he said he would no longer enjoy the soothing experience of dish washing,.

"Since when was it ever soothing for you to wash the dishes?” Mrs. Obama asked.

"When I had to do it," Obama replied, "I’d make it into a soothing thing.”


On issues of more moment, the president-elect ducked questions about whether Hillary Clinton would serve as Secretary of State or how many Republicans would be in his cabinet.


Page:   1   |   2

Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.