Chicago, Nov.17 : During the more than two-year-long campaign to win the bid for the White House, Democrat Barack Obama split his time between his family home in Chicago where Michelle and the girls lived, and a very modest apartment in Washington, which nearly burned down.
Both Barack and Michelle Obama had a few words to say on what they felt like living in that apartment, revealing it to CBS 60 minutes during an interview over the weekend.
"I used to get teased, not just by Michelle, but by my own staff. They'd say, 'You know, you're the only senator that has a worse apartment than your 25-year-old staff people.' Eventually, I think, Secret Service kind of looked at me like, you know, once the building caught fire, and the ceiling caved in, I said..."
When Michelle was asked whether she had ever lived in the apartment, she said: "I visited, but I didn't sleep there."
Barack Obama said: "She insisted on a hotel room."
Michelle Obama retorted: "I saw it. I saw it long enough to know that I wasn't gonna stay there."
Obama said it was a one bedroom studio apartment.
"It had kind of the vintage, college dorm, pizza," he said
Michelle said: "It reminded me of a little better version of the apartment you were in when we first started dating. That was a dump too."
Obama: Right near Harold's Chicken Shack.
Obama: Yeah. That's when I had the car with the-the hole in it.
Michelle: And you could see the sidewalk, because the rust had gone through.
Obama: The air-conditioning.
Michelle: So that was my side. I would look and see the ground going past. And I still married him.
Obama: That's how I knew she loved me. It wasn't for my money.
When asked what it was like to get their first look at their new home, the White House, Michelle said: "Well, first of all, Laura Bush was just so gracious. She is a really sweet person. And couldn't have been more excited and enthusiastic about the tour. So that was wonderful."
"And her entire team, their team has been working closely just to make us feel welcome. But the White House is beautiful. It is awe-inspiring. It is. What I felt walking through there was that it is a great gift and an honor to be able to live here. And you know we want to make sure that we're upholding what that house stands for," she added.