Michelle Obama says her husband is the "only other person who has a clue" about the triumphs and trials of life in the White House

By Tierney McAfee
Updated December 19, 2016 12:22 PM

The first couple are leaving the White House even more tightly bonded than when they arrived.

In this exclusive preview of her interview with Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama reflects on how the past eight years have brought her and her husband, President Barack Obama, closer together — if only because they “couldn’t leave.”

“This can hurt a marriage or this can have a profound impact on a relationship,” Winfrey told Obama of being in office. “It really could. Did it make you closer?”

“Yeah, yeah. We can’t leave,” the first lady quipped with a laugh. “We’re stuck in here together.”

Jokes aside, Obama added that the bond she and her husband share was strengthened “because you’re the only other person who has a clue about what this is — the good, the bad, the — you know, is your partner.”

Obama told PEOPLE earlier this month that the president living and working under the same roof “definitely brought us closer together.” “It wasn’t until the White House that we were together seven days a week, that we could have dinner together, he had time to coach the girls’ teams and go to all their events,” she explained.

Credit: Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon

In her new interview with Winfrey, titled “First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House — An Oprah Winfrey Special,” the first lady also laments that many Americans no longer have hope in the wake of Donald Trump‘s election.

“We feel the difference now,” she said. “See, now, we are feeling what not having hope feels like.”

Credit: Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon

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“Hope is necessary. It’s a necessary concept and Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was just a nice slogan to get votes,” Obama also told Winfrey, referencing her husband’s campaign platform of hope and progress.

The full interview will be broadcast on Monday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, and again on OWN on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. ET.