Samantha Bee sat down with President Barack Obama to talk about the elections, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, the importance of pushing young people to vote, and his legacy.
“I’m dressed up as what happens when young people vote,” Obama said.
“Someone gets old really fast?” Bee replied, joking about the president’s gray hair.
“That’s not it.”
“Is that white spray paint or fun Halloween cobwebs up there?”
“Sam, I’m still president for about three months.”
Once they concluded their opening banter, Bee started in with more serious topics, allowing Obama to stump for Clinton, his former political rival and secretary of state.
“If and when Hillary is president, what do you think will be the female equivalent of ‘You weren’t born in this country’?” she asked, referring to Trump’s “birther” campaign to coax Obama to prove he was born in the U.S.
Obama said Clinton likely would be put down for being “moody,” “emotional” and overly ambitious. “When men are ambitious, it’s just taken for granted. ‘Well, of course they should be ambitious,’” he said. “When women are ambitious — ‘Why?’ That theme will continue throughout her presidency, and it’s contributed to this notion that somehow she is hiding something.”
“The thing I care most about is making sure that there’s a generation of young people who are following me and Michelle,” Obama said. “If we can look back 20 years from now and say to ourselves, wow, there are a whole bunch of people who were inspired by what we did and are doing it even better, then we’ll feel pretty good.”
…”After you leave office, have you ever thought about whispering in Donald Trump’s ear, ‘You were right. I wasn’t born here.’ Just to mess with him?” Bee asks.
“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.” Obama said.