Obama: Washington can “be a little depressing”

U.S. President Barack Obama appears on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” saying that Washington D.C. “can sometimes be a little depressing.”

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 11, 2016) (TELEPICTURES) – U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington D.C. can “sometimes be a little depressing.” Obama made the statement on an episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which he taped on Thursday (February 11) and was set to air in the U.S. on Friday (February 12).

“When I came in, the economy was collapsing,” said Obama, who reflected on his tenure as President. “We were about to go into a great depression. We had to make a whole bunch of decisions about saving the auto industry or making sure that businesses got back on their feet or the housing market would recover and you’re having to make big bets with incomplete information. You’re not sure that everything is going to work. I think, part of what’s happened in this Instagram Twitter culture is that we expect quick answers without sacrifice, without having to make choices, and politicians play into that, but the truth of the matter is, the world is a big, complicated place. The good news is, we’re generally going in the right direction. My hope is that we’ll continue to do so.”

It wasn’t all serious business talk, however. DeGeneres surprised Obama with a pre-taped Valentine’s Day message from First Lady Michelle Obama, who recited a poem to her husband.

Obama then read off his own poem, dedicated to his wife.

“Someone call The Situation Room, because things are about to get hot,” he said.

When asked if he and Michelle ever fight, Obama responded, “After about 15 years I finally figured out that she’s always right. So then surprisingly, we just stopped fighting.”