On Netflix show, a rusty Letterman quizzes Obama, and it's pretty boring

On Netflix show, a rusty Letterman quizzes Obama, and it's pretty boring

On Netflix show, a rusty Letterman quizzes Obama, and it's pretty boring

That's probably why the audience for Letterman's first show, filmed in NY, went absolutely insane when Obama was introduced by Letterman (one of the show's conceits is that nobody in the audience knows who they are there to see).

On the first episode of David Letterman's new Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Letterman sits down with former president Barack Obama for a wide-ranging chat about his new foundation, his kids, and how they both enjoyed some vacation time after their old jobs.

"We were at a function at the White House, and I had never met either of your daughters before".

"You gotta stay in the pocket because I think everybody here knows dads who get out of the pocket". He was so focused on his absent father while growing up that it wasn't until later in life that he fully realized how much his own life and values were shaped by his mother. This element of chance, serendipity, I wonder if you feel that?

On Netflix show, a rusty Letterman quizzes Obama, and it's pretty boring

Reflecting on his own presidency, Obama said that in retrospect he wished he hadn't been so quick to let the constraints of the office change how he interacted with the public - an observation that might suggest he had a degree of envy that Trump has not followed suit. "She's a riot", he added.

Letterman didn't mind the quip, either. "You're hang gliding, you're climbing volcanoes, you're wrestling sharks", Letterman says to him about their respective retirements. "It was absolutely delightful". The whole family even helped her move into her dorm last August. "Meanwhile, Michelle's finished scrubbing and she's organizing closets and all this, and I was just pretty pathetic".

"It was really touching because Sasha tries to be cool, so she didn't want to admit that she was going to miss her sister". "And I'm sitting there and I'm just toiling away at this thing and it's taken half an hour".

The most alluring sections of the discussion are much more personal in nature-Obama's description of his utter uselessness when Malia went to college, spending a half-hour to put together her four-piece desk lamp that should have taken five minutes, for example-but there are all together too few of them. (The première episode also includes a stirring segment of Letterman in Selma, Alabama, walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with Congressman John Lewis.) Mostly, the former President is on autopilot, speaking in the way he sometimes does, where you can nearly see him thinking a few sentences or ideas ahead, which makes him appear less than completely present. We wonder if Malia texts him any good one-liners every now and then. Paul Shaffer has added some appropriately jazzy riffs (there's no band, of course, the only constants in the first two episodes, which took place in NY and Los Angeles, being the two leather chairs plopped down on sparse, massive stages inside lovely theaters; the airy feel and cinematic look of these Netflix shows are in stark contrast to his network show).

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He has also started four of five games in the Champions League. "And thus I see Christian with us in the long-term". Gradually, his decision-making process is improving as maturity refines his youthful fearlessness.

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