People magazine sat down with the first couple to talk about the past year.
Betsy Gleick, People's executive editor, filled "Early Show" viewers in on the candid session.
Gleick said the headline of the interview is that Michelle and Barack are optimistic about the country's direction, but that there are huge challenges ahead for the U.S.
"Early Show" co-anchor Harry Smith pointed out that the president talked a lot about "being in the bubble" of the powerful office.
Gleick called Barack's words on the subject "touching."
"He just talked about the loneliness of the job. And some of the loneliness, he embraces. He realizes that he has big decisions that he alone needs to make," she said. "But he misses being out among regular people."
Smith said rhe People magazine photo spread is among the best he's seen of the couple.
Gleick said the pictures show the genuine affection between the President and first lady.
"They're comfortable," she said. "They have sort of taken to life in the White House. Their children have taken to life in the White House."
In fact, the interview also highlights the lives of Barack and Michelle's daughters, Sasha and Malia.
Gleick said there are several "adorable" anecdotes about the children getting adjusted to life in the mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue. She added the two girls seem as if they now view the historic residence home.
As for the presidential garden, Gleick said it's still an important symbol for Michelle in her fight against childhood obesity and self-sustaining food supplies.
"She tells us we're going to be hearing a lot more this year from her about childhood obesity and healthy eating for families."