Barack Obama Talks Daughters, Racism on Letterman's Netflix Show; Avoids Trump Completely

Barack Obama Talks Daughters, Racism on Letterman's Netflix Show; Avoids Trump Completely

In the premiere of David Letterman's new, six-episode Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, former president Barack Obama spoke candidly on a wide range of issues, including what it was like to move oldest daughter Malia into college in September-an upsetting experience he's previously likened to "open heart surgery".

You may have heard about his Fox News comments today from Fox News itself, wherein Obama either "ripped" or "slammed" the network.

To which Obama replied, "What the Russians exploited, but it was already here, is we are operating in completely different information universes". "So I get home and she (Malia) knows I'm pathetic, so she's texted me hearts, and, you know, so we are talking on a regular basis". It's unclear whether Letterman and his guests agreed beforehand not to mention the president or not, but if referencing Trump was always off the table, one has to wonder why Letterman chose to focus on the subjects that he did. There is no topical opening monologue, because on Netflix these shows are meant to be watched whenever the viewer wants to see them.

Barack Obama Talks Daughters, Racism on Letterman's Netflix Show; Avoids Trump Completely

The closest he comes to dipping his toes in the contemporary political water is wryly suggesting that one of our biggest current problems lies in not having a common set of facts on which we can all agree.

In the first episode, Letterman also delivers a taped segment, in which he walks across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who was beaten and arrested along with others who marched across the bridge in support of civil rights in 1965.

The episode concludes with Obama and Letterman staging themselves walking offstage together so that the cameras can catch "a shot of us walking into the sunset together".

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"It is a major setback to the hopes, the dreams and the aspiration of a people", Lewis said. At that show, Franken often turned the questions around on Letterman, leading to a kind of a back and forth where each person takes a turn at getting interviewed.

Barack Obama had a rough time sending Malia off at Harvard this past fall.

'This was probably three or four months before he died, and Prince asked Sasha to come up and dance, ' Obama said in the clip released Wednesday. I'm sitting there just toiling away at this thing, it's taking half an hour.

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"Mr. President, this is what I'm struggling with at this point in my life: I have been nothing but lucky".

"We went to Japan, had not been to Japan before. I have been nothing but lucky".

But the one topic Obama avoids: Donald Trump.

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"In interviews that take place both inside and outside a studio setting", this description continued, "the conversations are intimate, in-depth and far-reaching, with the levity and humor Dave's fans know and love [perhaps like the fire hose gag Dave sprang on Obama]".

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