As Michelle and Oprah discussed the first family's ups and downs over the last eight years, and their plans for the future after they've left the White House
, Barack dropped in for a surprise visit, and had nothing but praise for his dedicated wife, sharing the thing that impressed him the most about how Michelle has handled the role of first lady.
"We all knew she was brilliant and cute and strong and a great mom," Barack shared. "But I think the way she blended purpose and policy with fun so that she was able to reach beyond Washington, on her health care initiative and her military family work, it was masterful."
The visit didn't last long but it was clear from their chemistry that the couple has stayed strong and happy while weathering the two challenging terms of Barack's tenure in the Oval Office.
Michelle's hour-long sit-down also detailed her work regarding public policy and her efforts toward raising the couple’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, under the unique circumstances of life in the political spotlight.
She also got candid about the impact that running for office has on a politician’s kids, explaining, "What people don't understand is, when you run, their lives stop."
"The next family that comes in here, every person in that family -- every child, every grandchild -- their lives will be turned upside down in a way that no American really understands," Michelle continued. "And it's not for us to complain about it, so you don't hear complaints, but it is a truth, an actuality, that there is a weight to it."
The first lady tactfully avoided referencing President-Elect Donald Trump by name, or the incoming first lady, Melania Trump, but she managed to still throw some masterful shade at the business mogul's presidential victory.
When asked if her husband's administration achieved their campaign goal of spreading hope to America, Michelle said she absolutely believed it did, and she could tell it was successful "because we feel the difference now."
"See, now we're feeling what not having hope feels like," she added. "Hope is necessary. It's a necessary concept."