WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama does not like being compared to Star Trek's cool and emotionally detached Mr. Spock. First Lady Michelle does not feel confined or trapped in her role. "Couldn't be further from the truth," Mrs. Obama told ABC News Barbara Walters. Walters interviewed the First Couple on Dec. 15 for a show to be broadcast at 10 p.m. Friday on "20/20."
What's the biggest misconception about you?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Me being detached, or Spock-like, or very analytical. People who know me know that I am a softie. I mean, stuff can choke me up very easily. The challenge for me is that in this job I think a lot of times the press or how you come off on TV people want you to be very demonstrative in your emotions. And if you're not sort of showing it in a very theatrical way, then somehow it doesn't translate over the screen.
MICHELLE OBAMA: Someone said that there's a perception out there that I feel confined or trapped in some way. To the extent that people have that perception, that couldn't be further from the truth. I feel very blessed in this role.