Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Former President Obama Says Americans Live in Partisan Bubbles

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Freda Brock | 13 January, 2018, 08:24

The former President, wearing a trim suit and white shirt, open at the collar, joins Letterman for an hour-long conversation that was recorded before a small audience, this fall, in NY. "This debut episode of "My Next Guest" was not scintillating television by any stretch".

A bearded and bespectacled Letterman, 70, was uncharacteristically emotional, reverential and even sentimental at points.

"Those people carried me across that bridge", Obama adds.

Obama did not discuss his successor's administration, but the Donald Trump White House was not off-limits for the show's host.

The first open goal.

"I have a story about Malia that I've not told anyone", Letterman told Obama. This is promising. And who is not presidential, President Obama sir? "In fairness part of it was, the world economy was collapsing and I had two wars that I had to deal with".

He doesn't have to mention Trump by name for the stylistic contrast to be clear.

An interesting technique, this.

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Despite the critics taking numerous hits on the new Netflix special, the video network will continue to air My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. "I was ready for the next stage", Obama says, when asked if he experienced any relief when his presidency ended.

On Johnny Carson's last Tonight Show, his final words were, "I hope when I find something I want to do, and that I think you will like, and come back that you will be as gracious as inviting me into your home as you have been". Obama suggested they retake the scene. No. Obama does not take the bait.

At this point, I am not at all surprised Letterman is back with a new Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.

"We are operating in completely different information universes", he said.

As Obama so astutely noted during their long interview, "It's a whole new ballgame now, man".

Obama mentions that, when he was campaigning, his people built a social media machine that he considers "the most effective in modern political history". He is not asked about Trump or Russian Federation.

The audience members in the Alabama theater where the interview was taped don't know who Letterman's guest is. No famous Twitter users are named. Cue clapping and another awkward laugh from Obama.

"You know, it was great. It has more to do with the spirit that said, 'OK, I'm a Pullman porter, I'm a maid, but if enough maids and Pullman porters walk, and pray, and sing and show this injustice, we can awaken the consciousness of the nation'". "If it were not for the constitution". "You're hang gliding, you're climbing volcanoes, you're wrestling sharks", Letterman says to him about their respective retirements. "I thought I was going to die", Lewis said. "There'd be Michelle." The crowd goes nuts; they road and cheer. So I had a very optimistic feeling about it [social media]. "Not just African-Americans, but all Americans, because I think what has happened in America today is a threat not just to the country but the planet".

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