President Obama told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday he doesn't miss the daily grind of the campaign trail except for the fact it allowed him an escape from the nation's capital.
“It's always good to get out of Washington, which can sometimes be a little depressing," he said.
“Well, Washington,” Obama replied.
Obama repeated his laments about how about partisan politics has cast a cloud over his time in the White House. But he conceded there will be things he'll miss about being president, most of all Air Force One.
“I don’t miss flying commercial,” the president said. “Taking your shoes off and all that.”
Obama is on the West Coast for a series of fundraisers and a summit with Asian leaders next week. It was Obama's first appearance as president on DeGeneres's popular daytime talk show; he last appeared as a candidate in 2007.
Then, he broke out his dance moves — as is traditional for her guests as they enter the stage. This time, Obama didn't dance, but he still appeared loose.
The president watched a Valentine's Day video message from first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaWhat Obama will do after his presidency? Sleep. White House defends Sunny and Bo after biting report Bezos buys largest house in DC MORE and he returned the favor with a poem of his own.
“Roses are red, violets are blue, you are the president, and I am your boo,” the first lady said. She told DeGeneres that she is the only person she would share the president with on Valentine's Day.
"Barack, I know there's a See's Candies out there. Bring me something chocolatey back, you know what you need to do," Obama told her husband.
Standing on a set covered in rose petals and with romantic music playing, Obama joked "somebody call the Situation Room because things are about to get hot.
"Michelle, this Valentine's Day, I'm going to treat you right. I am going to make you some zucchini bread," he said “I love you so much. I ObamaCare more about you than you even know."
Obama, however, won't be spending Valentine's Day with the first lady. Instead, he's playing golf in Palm Springs, Calif., before the summit in the area with world leaders starting Monday.