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Barack Obama Gives Dancing Tips For Cool Dads Everywhere

Barack Obama Gives Dancing Tips For Cool Dads Everywhere

But the latest name drop is one worth noting. She once delivered such a sick burn to the late night host that he's still talking about it!

In the episode with former president Barack Obama, Letterman casually mentions visiting Fogo Island.

David Letterman is back with a new Netflix chat-show that is, well, not much like a chat-show. "We've grown up with you", he told Letterman in 2015. The former President, wearing a trim suit and white shirt, open at the collar, joins Letterman for an hour-long conversation that was recorded before a small audience, this fall, in NY.

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. "What the Russians exploited, (was) already here - we are operating in completely different information universes". In a pre-recorded segment, Letterman walks Alabama's Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma with civil rights icon and USA representative John Lewis, retracing the landmark 1965 march to Montgomery to demand equal voting rights.

Obama has laid low since leaving the White House a year ago, appearing only in a few public appearances and a radio interview with Prince Harry of the British Royal Family recorded in September and broadcasted in December.

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Obama: "John Lewis is absolutely right". One particular story involving the Obama daughters has everyone missing the first family. If you were hoping that there would be Stupid Pet Tricks or some other moth-balled skit from the past, you're out of luck. Letterman obviously does not want that for this show. It had been coming out even before that - not outright boredom with talking about movies or TV series, or even a moving away from amusing or silly bits, but a definite push toward something a little less rote or mechanical in the responses he wanted from his guests. What's more fun, however, is the nearly heroic way both men go out of their way not to mention the Trump in the room. The show's title is certainly true for the former late night host's first interview subject, President Barack Obama, in his first television interview since leaving office.

Obama advised to steer clear of the "karate kicks" and other over-the-top moves that are not going to end well for most dads.

The logo for the new series is lovely. Letterman's now-trademark post-retirement overgrown beard is still present. But Letterman - like Leno - is determined to launch new ventures.

Variety praised Letterman's wryly activist approach and said it "isn't bad", but Sonia Saraiya also wrote that the pre-taped format was "stale". That's not really the point, it appears. "She was just being really quiet about it, but in a way that was really moving and touching". That's it. Nothing revolutionary here. A little longer, a little less aggressive and a little more ponderous than the Letterman we remember. That's worth both an investment of your time and Netflix's money. But those days are over, at least based on the first episode of this six-part odyssey into the painfully lame.