"One of the biggest challenges we have to our democracy is the degree to which we don't share a common baseline of facts", said Obama, adding that "what the Russians exploited was already here". The interview will be among the few Obama has given since leaving office early previous year. "Something's wrong here", Letterman quipped.
Letterman's interview with Obama, which was about an hour long, debuts on Netflix Friday. With Letterman as with Dan Rather, a stripped-down interview show is an ideal landing spot for someone who's not ready to head out to pasture. "The only thing I have left to do for the last time on a television program - thank you and good night". Guests scheduled for the rest of Letterman's shows include George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern.
"There may be some setbacks, some delays, some interruptions, but if you take a long hard look we will get there", he said. "And that's what this is about for me".
I don't think British audiences have taken to this backslapping American approach to interviewing even heavyweight subjects. But it's clear that the new show is shying away from that part of his persona.
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The men were detained by police, before being ambushed and shot by Klansmen who were tipped-off about their release. The case galvanized public opinion against segregation and helped lead to the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
"In basically ignoring the ever looming current President of the United States on another s**tstorm of a day, the pre-taped result from last fall was primarily a warm, fuzzy, and sauntering up on tiresome chat between two well-spoken men who obviously like and respect each other and didn't want to cause each other any possible grief", Deadline's Dominic Patten wrote. It aims to spend $7 billion on content next year - up from more than $6 billion over the past year and $5 billion in 2016. Letterman appears to be resting easier as well, and perhaps that will yield more resonant material-and deeper interviews.
"Some people will join Netflix to watch that", Sarandos told New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in Los Angeles, according to Yahoo Finance. What better fantasy come true for anyone who misses both men terribly? Recorded in the fall and aired December 27, the former president said that leaders shouldn't use social media to stoke division. There's a bit of an awkward transition halfway through the episode, to an interview with Rep. John Lewis in Selma, Ala., about his legacy from the civil rights movement, before flipping back to Obama in the studio (it is only in his mini-interview with Lewis that anyone mentions President Trump).
While Obama noted that dropping off Malia at college was like having "open-heart surgery", he also divulged that it's been easier because of technology since the two text on an nearly daily basis, with Malia checking in on him and sending him lots of heart emojis.