Ellen DeGeneres had a fairly high-profile co-host for Tuesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show: First Lady Michelle Obama.
After a brief introduction, DeGeneres invited Obama on stage, where the two joked about their height difference (DeGeneres said she should have worn heels) and proceeded to dance through the audience.
And following a bit about the Obama motorcade being towed because it was parked in illegal spots, the two spoke about Obama’s legacy and how it feels to be on the cusp of leaving the White House after eight years.
“The girls have grown up in the White House,” Obama said. “I mean the staff that’s there we see them every day. These are people who have helped us raise our kids. They’ve loved us, they’ve taken care of us. The minute we leave that’s it. It’s really the people that we’ll miss most.”
The First Lady said her daughters, Sasha, 15, and Malia, 18, think they’re ready to move out of the White House, but she isn’t so sure. “I’m sure the girls will have a tough time. They think they’re ready, but when you’ve grown up in a place. I mean, imagine they won’t be able to knock on a door and say, ‘Can I see my room?’ Ya know, that’s not gonna happen. So we’re trying to have them step back and really appreciate the walk on The South Lawn, sitting on the Truman Balcony. I mean, we just want to keep creating some memories for them as well.”
Obama also praised the American people, echoing sentiments she made in her praised speech at the Democratic National Convention. “I wasn’t the political spouse. I was very hesitant about this, but it’s truly been an honor to serve, to travel this country, to meet so many great people,” she said. “I have so much hope for this nation and I hope that everybody else does to. We have some great young people, we’ve got great communities. I just wish everyone had the opportunity to travel the country like we have because you would feel good every day about where we live. This is the best country on earth.”
Watch clips of Obama and DeGeneres below.