'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman'

Barack Obama with David Letterman

If there's a bold idea with My Next Guest, it's to be as un-bold as possible.

"The key is what we call staying in the pocket", Barack Obama said, according to The New York Daily News. He is comfortable with all the talk-show shorthand: when he mentions that he and Michelle had taken a trip to the British Virgin Islands, a few enthusiastic members of the audiences hoot, and Obama gestures out in a knowing way, gently mocking that enthusiasm.

The other upcoming guests are Malala Yousafzai, Tina Fey, Jay-Z, and Howard Stern.

While Letterman obviously isn't a fan of Trump, who appeared on The Late Show several times, the focus isn't him.

A few months ago I saw Letterman interview Al Franken here in NY, a bit before Franken's current controversies.

The former president also possesses an apparent affinity for Letterman whose NBC "Late Night" built a strong college following with its debut in 1982, when Obama was studying political science at Columbia University. Obama and his election are positioned as a direct extension of that struggle, and it's impossible not to view the president's own statements about disrupting the status quo-made at Selma on the 50th anniversary of the march and highlighted in the interview-in the context of the current administration.

The commentators also slammed Letterman for wasting viewers' precious time revisiting former President Obama's origin story during the conversation.

Letterman directed The Late Show between 1993 and 2015.

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"No, you guys are misunderstanding me, what I'm saying is I'm prevented from running again by the constitution but even if it were not for that amendment, Michelle would leave me". There seem to be a seventy-nine cameras pointed at Letterman's stage, with overly dramatic cutting to close-ups and iMovie-worthy photo montages. "Do you have a staff?" he asks Letterman, teasing him about his Gandalfian hirsuteness.

Early on, he turns a question back on Letterman, asking how the former late-night host had spent the early days of his retirement-"Did you just brood in the dark somewhere?"

David Letterman returns to American television after two years of absence.

The comment came after Letterman asked, "Let's just say there's a democracy and the voting process is being monkeyed with by foreign countries". The result is a more reflective, if a little blander, host. She is the famed activist from Pakistan who is the youngest person to ever win a Nobel Prize.

Longtime Letterman fans were relieved to see him back on their television screens after almost being off the air for three years.

Toward the end of the hour, after all the discussion about Selma, Letterman recalls in a chagrined tone that in April 1965, a month after that march, he and some buddies went to the Bahamas because there was no drinking age there and they could get drunk for a week. The stunts and impassioned rants go viral, and the celebrity chatter is so formulaic that Comedy Central's Nathan For You just turned "the talk show anecdote" into a metaphysical satire.

My Next Guest is in no hurry, and the Clooney episode gives me a powerful foreboding.

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