The Moment of Victory
By Garance Franke-Ruta
President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, sat down Friday with "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft for an interview that will air Sunday.
In an excerpt of the interview released by CBS, the couple alternated between serious and playful as they discussed what went through their minds the moment on Nov. 4 that TV networks called the presidential election for Obama.
"When did it sink in?" Kroft asked Michelle Obama.
"I'm not sure if it has really has sunk in, but -- I, I remember, we were watching the returns and on one of the stations Barack's picture came up and it said, 'President-elect Barack Obama,' Michelle Obama responded. "And I looked at him and I said, "You are the 44th president of the United States of America. Wow. What a country we live in.' "
"How about that?" the president-elect chimed in.
"Yeah," the future first lady agreed.
"Yeah," said the future 44th president. "Then she said, 'So are you going to take the girls to school in the morning?' "
"I did not!" protested Michelle Obama, laughing. "I didn't say that."
"It wasn't at that moment," quipped her husband.
Obama was captured by photographers taking his daughters to school in Chicago on Nov. 10 before traveling to Washington to meet with President Bush.
Posted at 4:10 PM ET on Nov 15, 2008
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