At the end of Friday’s episode, Maher took a moment to remind fans that his 60th birthday is coming up on Jan. 20, and as a present he would like his viewers to sign a White House petition asking Obama to appear on the show before he leaves office.
“Let’s just say our invitation has gotten lost in the mail for seven years, which would be OK except for the fact that in that time, this president has done virtually every other show in the known universe,” Maher said.
“Sean Penn can get an interview with El Chapo but I can’t get on the President who talked to the lady with the green lips?” he continued, referring to the President’s interview with YouTube personality GloZell Green. “So I just want to know, why not us?”
Maher then addressed Obama directly, asking why the Commander in Chief has not appeared on his show. Maher suspected it had something to do with him being a pothead atheist.
“So now, for my big 6-0, I would like to ask my friend, the audience, this one favor,” Maher said. “As it turns out, it is the policy of the Obama administration that if the White House receives a petition signed by 100,000 people in 30 days — you see where I’m going with this — they have to address it.”
Maher then directed viewers to the website for the petition, which has over 36,000 signatures at the time of this publishing.