David Letterman visits Alabama on his new Netflix show

David Letterman visits Alabama on his new Netflix show

David Letterman visits Alabama on his new Netflix show

Letterman asked Obama what he thought.

"We essentially built what ended up being the most effective political campaign in modern history". The signs were always there, which I've been pretty obsessed with since his "retirement" back in 2015. "Everybody had seen me crying and misting up for the previous three weeks, so Malia, who's very thoughtful, she says, 'Hey dad, you know, I got this lamp in this box".

As he's done since the end of the 2016 election, Obama ducked any direct comment on Trump, even when prompted by Letterman directly in the hour-long friendly interview. The best part of the interview is Obama's account of dropping his daughter Malia off at college and the different ways each member of his family coped with it.

For President Barack Obama, leaving the White House last January meant he could sleep in, go on vacation and figure out how to work his home coffee machine.

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"I have a story about Malia that I've not told anyone", Letterman tells Obama, who has his eyebrows raised in suspicion. "In fairness", he continues, "the economy was collapsing and I had two wars I had to deal with. So that'll make you kind of serious". "You are the first president I truly and fully respect". "And they're trying stuff that they can't really pull off.they start doing karate kicks and all that stuff".

Obama was Letterman's first guest for his limited run Netflix series, which debuts Friday. He fawns over his guest more than he should, he makes awkward jokes about this new-fangled thing called Netflix, and he drives the conversation into a mutual children-appreciation session so that he can enthuse about his son and Obama can enthuse about his daughters. Observing Letterman's facial hair, he noted wryly, "He has this biblical beard!"

The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman said the interview was "not groundbreaking" and added that it was a "big disappointment" not to get juicy Obama remarks about Trump. "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". (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.

"It is a major setback to the hopes, the dreams and aspirations of a people", Lewis, 77, replies.

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"What is happening in America today is a threat not just to our own country but to the planet", Lewis said.

The conversation with Obama, while mostly dense, was not without moments of levity.

"People opt out themselves because they just don't think anything can happen".

It helps that they obviously like and trust each other, from past interview encounters and from subtle add-ons like Letterman having been invited to events at the White House.

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"I was basically useless", he said.

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