President Barack Obama has accumulated a long list of distinctions while in the White House, and last night he added another feather to his cap: he’s the first President to have the privilege of bing interviewed by TBS’s Samantha Bee. Bee was quick to remind the President of this fact, and he acknowledged it gracefully: “That’s going to have a prominent place in our library.”
In all seriousness, though, Obama is made for these sorts of TV spots. He’s charming and funny, and he deftly steered Bee through his talking points — all of which related to the central theme of engaging young voters — without his efforts to do so ever looking contrived or awkward. He contrasted Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s policies (or lack thereof) on healthcare, climate, and college tuition costs. He discussed the distinctly gendered criticism that has been directed at Clinton: “When men are ambitious, it’s just taken for granted: ‘Well, of course they should be ambitious!’ When women are ambitious, ‘Why?’ That theme, I think, will continue throughout her Presidency, and it’s contributed to this notion that she’s hiding something,”
And, most amusingly, he got in a couple of good digs at Trump, the best of which came when Bee asked if he might, as he was leaving the Oval Office, whisper to Trump, just to mess with him, “You were right. I wasn’t born here.” Obama smiled and replied, “I think it’s fair to say that I will be organizing my post-Presidency [in such a way that] I’m not close enough to him to whisper in his ear,” as if the thought of being physically close to Trump was about as appealing as being physically close to a skunk that had just bathed in a pool of raw sewage. He’s… not wrong.