KEY POINTS

  • Former President Barack Obama revealed that wife Michelle would "leave" him if he joins Joe Biden's administration
  • Obama joked that Michelle has "sort of" forgiven him for everything she had to endure during his presidency
  • Obama's new memoir, "A Promised Land," will be released Tuesday

Former President Barack Obama joked that his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, would "leave" him if he decides to hold a position in President-elect Joe Biden's cabinet. 

Speaking in an interview with CBS' "Sunday Morning," the 59-year-old politician opened up about his time at the White House and the sacrifices Michelle made during his presidency. 

When asked if he is thinking of returning to help Biden during his administration, Obama joked that his wife would certainly want him stay away from politics. 

"There are probably some things I would not be doing, because Michelle would leave me. She'd be like, 'What? You're doing what?'" Obama said during the interview. 

The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner also noted that Michelle has "sort of" forgiven him for all the things that she had to endure during his presidency. 

"I am mindful of the sacrifices she had made, but the good news is that for whatever reason, she has forgiven me -- sort of. She still reminds me, occasionally, of what she put up with," he said. 

Obama's comments come a couple of days after it was reported that the presidency created tension between him and his wife. CNN got some excerpts from his upcoming memoir, "A Promised Land," in which he explored his marriage to Michelle.

"It was as if, confined as we were within the walls of the White House, all her previous sources of frustration became more concentrated, more vivid, whether it was my round the clock absorption with work, or the way politics exposed our family to scrutiny and attacks, or the tendency of even friends and family members to treat her role as secondary in importance," Obama wrote.

During the discussion with CBS, Obama also opened up about the day he took the oath as the 44th president and comprared it to his wedding day.

"You know Inauguration Day is a little bit of everybody else, it is a bit like your wedding day. You are so busy in trying to make sure that you are doing everything right and everybody is where they are supposed to be. You can't catch your breath," he noted. 

Obama's post-presidential memoir, "A Promised Land," will be out Tuesday.