Former president Barack Obama was the first guest on David Letterman's new Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, and the former The Late Show host couldn't help but narc on Malia to her father about an incident that once took place at the White House. He added that he sometimes took that for granted. I guess you could call this a bias.
Malia is now at college at Harvard University.
"I was basically useless", he said. Malia gave him the task of assembling the four parts of a desk lamp just to keep him busy. 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.
He said that he realized after writing it that his mother Ann Dunham was "actually the guiding spirit" in his life.
A significant portion of the hour is given over to someone who is not onstage, and it isn't the current occupant of the White House. As Letterman asked Lewis how big of a setback he thinks we're enduring, a photo of the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia appeared on screen-but Letterman never directly referenced it. "I'm a holy man now", Letterman responded. The two walk and converse on the bridge where Lewis endured a police beating in 1965, during a legendary Civil Rights march.
"The vote", Lewis answers.
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Throughout the whole interview, Obama's intelligence, humility and sense of calm were actually profoundly depressing, because they represent the key presidential qualities in which his successor is so lacking.
"No, you guys are misunderstanding me, what I'm saying is I'm prevented from running again by the constitution but even if it were not for that amendment, Michelle would leave me". "They carried America across that bridge".
Obama went on to divulge how he's fared since, and admitted that technology has helped considerably, adding that he and Malia text on an nearly daily basis.
He went on to discuss the use of social media in his 2007 campaign, noting that at the time people didn't realize the power - and potential dangers - of platforms like Twitter and Facebook. The audience doesn't need to hear "Trump" or "Russian meddling" to get the point.
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". He relates something the late Sen. "Without a question of a doubt, you are the first president I truly and fully respect". "If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet (laughter) than you are if you, you know, listen to NPR". Obama teased Letterman now about his "biblical" beard and idiosyncrasies.
"The effect is familiar, and is enough to make a sympathetic viewer feel wistful for saner times, but perhaps little else", he wrote. But the 44th president seemed to enjoy both his easiest and sharpest rapport with Leno's longtime rival, David Letterman.