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Obama: Presidents Must Be Mindful of Their Behavior

Netflix program Courtesy of Netflix Netflix program"My Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman
Stacy Diaz | 13 January, 2018, 07:50

"My Next Guest With Needs No Introduction with David Letterman" now sits at an early rating of 60% on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, after its debut, Barack Obama-featuring episode premiered Friday on the streaming service.

David Letterman, legendary former late night TV host, has a new show on Netflix, called My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.

Rather than wrap up with this, My Next Guest would have done well to keep the cameras rolling another hour, and begin the show at this deeper, more personal and more meaningful moment, and work forward from there.

"I was under the impression that Twitter would be the mechanism by which truth was told around the world", Letterman says in his trademark deadpan. Obama teased Letterman now about his "biblical" beard and idiosyncrasies.

The interview itself was congenial, relaxed and largely apolitical.

Obama related this to the present, saying that this blurring of facts and opinions was part of what made the 2016 USA presidential election so exploitable to outside powers. "Hypothetically" manipulates, interjected Obama.

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, featuring Letterman's Obama interview, is now streaming on Netflix. What the Russians exploited, [was] already here- we are operating in completely different information universes. "When we drove away, Secret Service is in the front and they're just looking ahead, pretending they can't hear me in the back sniveling. At a certain point you just live in a bubble", he added. Lewis is shown in an on-location piece chatting with Letterman about race, politics and history as the two walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., where Lewis led a march protesting segregation more than 50 years earlier.

Obama said that his success in 2008 was made possible in part because of how his campaign used social media as an organizing and messaging tool just as the technology was emerging.

The conversation later turned to "luck".

"I have a story about Malia that I've not told anyone", Letterman told Obama.

I don't think British audiences have taken to this backslapping American approach to interviewing even heavyweight subjects.

I see some of you are, but not all of you. "Sometimes it's important for me [to believe in it] so that I don't feel too self-important and can maybe sprinkle that stardust on other people".

Letterman gives a lovely answer, verging on tears: "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". Why wasn't I on that bridge? "I have been nothing but lucky". After some disappointing-sounding small talk, Letterman gets off the phone, looks at the camera, and deadpans, "I think that's a 'no.'" (Obviously Obama changed his mind somewhere along the way.) When Letterman comes out to greet the crowd at City College in New York City, the audience has no clue who the guest will be.