Oprah's gift gab with the Obamas

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As mentioned, Oprah Winfrey was back at the White House last week, taping her upcoming TV special with the Obamas, "Christmas at the White House." It's set to air at 9 p.m. Sunday on ABC.

These video clips show President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama gabbing about gifts -- present, past and maybe the future -- during the special:

Oprah had this to say about the experience of Christmas inside the Obama White House:

"From the very first day they moved into the White House," Oprah said in a statement about setting up this special, "I started calling Robert Gibbs and asking not for the first interview because No. 1, I didn't think I was going to get the first interview for the first 100 days -- but I wanted an opportunity to sit down with them in a comfortable setting that all of America would be familiar and relate to. So I started asking when they first moved in to do a Christmas Special because I wanted to be at the White House during Christmas time and to experience their first Christmas in the White House. So this has been in the making for a very, very long time."

She goes on: "There are 27 trees and all the ornaments and all of the decorations and we were able to go to the green room, where Thomas Jefferson used to have lunch, and apparently they've not let anybody film in there before. But I got to interview the president in the green room, where Thomas Jefferson used to eat his lunch. So everywhere you move through this space, it's filled with so much history that it's pretty hard not to think about that as you're walking through the halls."

It's not all home deco and holiday hoopla. "The President gave himself a grade," Oprah said. "This was not about grilling the President, this was really about me wanting to come and experience Christmas at the White House -- their first Christmas with them. So I wasn't here to grill him, I was curious as to what he thought he had done, what kind of job he thought he had done and ask him for his grade. You'll see what the grade is. The grade might surprise you."

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Wow! Does this woman ever just take a break. Go Oprah!

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