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President Obama continued his late-night tour Monday with a Halloween visit to TBS’ Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.
“We have a long tradition going all the way back to our first season,” the host joked, “where I sit down and interview the President of the United States before he or she leaves office. This week, it was President Obama’s turn.”
Kicking off her “annual Halloween presidential interview,” Bee asked what Obama was for Halloween. “This year I’m going as a witch,” she said, though she was wearing no costume. “I’m a woman on television and I’m over 40, so I’m already in costume. Where’s yours?”
Obama told her he was “what happens when young people vote.”
“I want to let first-time voters know why it is so important to vote,” said Obama. “This is probably the most election of our lifetimes. The choices could not be clearer.”
He continued: “It turns out that young people are more interested and engaged than we give them credit for. Sometimes they get cynical. Hard to believe watching this campaign,” he joked.
Bee got into character as a “millennial voter,” making Obama laugh at her angsty teen voice as he tried to connect with her. “Young people have a bigger stake in this election than anybody. I would hope that you’d be willing to take about the same amount of time that you spend looking through cat videos on your phone to make sure that democracy’s working,” Obama implored.
Bee asked him “when Hillary is president,” what he thought will be the female equivalent of “you weren’t born in this country.”
“She’s tired, she’s moody, she’s being emotional,” Obama guessed. “When men are ambitious, it’s just taken for granted.”
“What a nasty woman,” Bee said.
When Bee asked if he wanted to “mess with” Trump after he left office, like whispering in Trump’s ear that he was never actually born in this country after all, Obama answered, “I think it’s fair to say that I will be organizing my post-presidency where I’m not close enough to him to whisper in his ear.”
Turning the interview to Halloween-related questions, she asked if he could tell her a “spooky story about what happens when people don’t vote.”
Obama answered simply: “Donald Trump could be president.”
Earlier in the show, with a spooky introduction in honor of Halloween, Bee introduced a segment on white nationalists, who are seizing on Trump’s rhetoric about immigration. “As a special treat I’m gonna grab you by the eyeballs and drag you through an endless nightmare,” she said, cutting to video clips of Trump claiming he is the “least racist person,” leading into an explanation about the alt-right movement and Trump’s relationship with Breitbart’s Stephen Bannon.
The interview comes as Obama continues on the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton. He has also recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where he talked Trump and read “Mean Tweets,” and visited with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show to get post-White House career advice.
In the announcement of Obama’s appearance, the show teased a “conversation with America’s male president, who wore a flattering wool suit paired with sensible leather flats,” referencing the media coverage of Clinton’s wardrobe.
Watch the full interview below.
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