Former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOur remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Chelsea Manning tests positive for COVID-19 MORE pushed back in a recent interview against the idea of joining President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE’s White House or Cabinet next year.
The topic came up during the former president’s wide-ranging interview with CBS’s Gayle KingGayle KingNate Burleson makes leap from football to news with 'CBS Mornings' Witness says R. Kelly kept watch over girlfriends during Gayle King interview Hillicon Valley: Feds lay down marker in Facebook fight MORE released early Sunday, during which Obama discussed President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE's refusal to accept the election results, hitting the campaign trail for Biden and his new memoir, “A Promised Land.”
While Obama said he’ll help his former vice president in “any ways” that he can, he said Biden “doesn’t need” his advice. Obama added, laughing, that he’s not planning “to suddenly work on the White House staff or something.”
King then asked Obama, “No Cabinet position for you, Mr. President?”
The topic sparked more laughter from Obama, who said in response, “There are probably some things I would not be doing ‘cause Michelle would leave me.”
"She’d be like, 'What? You’re doin' what?'" he said, referring to former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaWe must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary MORE.
During the interview, the former president also recalled his and his family’s experience leaving the White House in early 2017.
“When the presidency was over, two things happened. One was, objectively, I just had more time,” he said.
"But two," he said before going on to discuss his wife’s experience, "is that 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 10 years at that point," he added.