President Obama Visits L.A.; Drops by 'Ellen' But No Dancing This Time
Obama talked about his problems with Washington, his love for his daughters, building a more inclusive country — and also sent a Valentine's Day message to the first lady.
President Obama landed in Los Angeles Thursday afternoon and one of his first stops was The Ellen DeGeneres Show. But no, there was no dancing.
There was a selfie that DeGeneres tweeted out Thursday afternoon, though, to preview Obama's appearance, after tweeting that the host was "ready to Barack and baroll."
Obama landed in L.A. around 3:30 p.m. and headed to the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank for a taping of the show, which will air Friday. Los Angeles is just one of the stops the president made in California while fundraising for Democrats.
The President talked at length about his life with the first lady, Michelle Obama, someone who DeGeneres still has issues with over a push-up competition.
Obama also talked about his love (and fears) for his daughters as Malia heads off to college. "As Michelle reminds me, our job is to prepare them not to need us." he told DeGeneres, though he's not ready for her to leave them.
The host also discussed with the president the hot button issues of equality in American society, with DeGeneres thanking the President for all he has done for the LGBTQ community. "We constantly want to include people and not exclude them," he told her, while giving DeGeneres herself an extra kudos for her work on equal rights as well.
Ever the old romantic, and with Valentine's Day on the horizon, the romancer-in-chief gave the first lady a special video message, but not before she read him a poem to mark the last Valentine's Day they will spend in the White House. The first lady even included a taunt in her own special video for DeGeneres regarding their ongoing push-up competition.