Obamas get personal on '60 Minutes'

In their first TV interview since the election, President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, discuss their election experience and how it has changed their lives.

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Updated at 10:10 p.m. PST with video of the interview.

In their first interview since the presidential election, President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, talk with 60 Minutes about the enormity of the moment when he was first declared the winner of the presidential election.

"I am not sure it has sunk in," the president-elect says during the hour-long interview with the CBS TV news magazine.

They discuss the entire experience and how their lives have changed, as well as the challenges faced by the man who will be the 44th president of the United States. "We've got a lot of work to do," he says. "There are a lot of big problems."

A father's promise: In this clip from the interview, Obama speaks with Steve Kroft about a special promise he made two years ago to his young daughters regarding getting a dog, his relationship with his mother-in-law, and the possibility of a college football playoff system.

Obama and the presidency: In this segment, Obama speaks about his thoughts and goals as our nation's next commander-in-chief, specifically discussing the economic crisis, his plans for the military, and his Cabinet.

"The challenges that we are confronting are enormous and they are multiple. And so there are times during the course of a given day where you think: 'Where do I start in terms of moving--moving things forward?'"

He also spokes to the housing crisis in the United States.

"We have not focused on foreclosures and what's happening to homeowners as much as I would like," he says. "One thing I'm determined is that if we don't have a clear, focused program for homeowners by the time I take office, we will after I take office."

The personal transition: In this clip, the Obamas reflect on how they will soon be the youngest first family to move into the White House since the Kennedys nearly 50 years ago. Kroft speaks with the couple about their personal transition.

President-elect Obama also reflects on the pressure associated with being the first African-American president of the United States:

"There was a sense of emotion that I could see in people's faces and--in my mother-in-law's face. You know, I mean, you--you think about Michelle's mom, who grew up--on the west and south sides of Chicago. Who worked so hard to help Michelle get to where she is, her brother to--be successful. She was sitting next to me, actually, as we were watching returns. And she's like my grandmother was, sort of a no-fuss type of person. And suddenly she just kind of reached out and she started holding my hand, you know. Kind of squeezing it. And you had this sense of, well, what's she thinking? For a black woman who grew up in the '50s, you know, in a segregated Chicago, to watch her daughter become first lady of the United States. I think there was that sense across the country. And not unique to African-Americans."