President Barack Obama made his final visit to “The Late Show” on Monday — but it won’t be the last time he hangs out with David Letterman.
“What will you do when you’re not President?” the CBS late-night host asked the leader of the free world.
“Well, I was thinking, you and me, we can play some dominoes together,” Obama said. “We can, you know, go to the local Starbucks and, you know, swap stories.”
“I’m pretty good. I know you think I’m no good at dominoes, but I’m pretty good at dominoes. And I plan to teach law at Columbia,” Letterman claimed, to which Obama replied: “You know, I’d be interested in sitting in on that class. I mean, that’d be a hoot.”
Letterman also told the audience that during one of the commercial breaks, the president said that when he leaves office, he’s planning to take a month off.
“I said, ‘Are you kidding me? After eight years of this, you’re only taking a month off?'” Letterman marveled.
Letterman closed the interview on a serious note by thanking Obama for his service to the country.
“I don’t know quite what to say by expression of gratitude here. It’s particularly meaningful to me because, I think, like most Americans, we feel we know you,” he said. “You’ve been kind enough to be here on many occasions. Your wife has been here on many occasions, and you hosted us at your home in Washington, D.C., and all of these have been very meaningful to me and to my family, and I can only wish you all the best in life.”
Obama was equally as appreciative of the late-night veteran, who will host his final show on May 20 after over 30 years.
“Well, Dave, let me just say this,” he said. “And I mean this sincerely, and I know I speak for Michelle, she probably had a chance to say it herself. You know, we’ve grown up with you.
“The country I think has, you know, after a tough day at the office or coming home from work, knowing you’ve been there to give us a little bit of joy, a little bit of laughter, it has meant so much, and you’re part of all of us … you’ve given us a great gift, and we love you,” he added.
Obama became the first sitting president to appear on Letterman’s show on Sept. 21, 2009, and appeared most recently on Sept. 18, 2012. Michelle Obama visited the show last week and offered to help Letterman raise his children.
“I could help you through those dark times,” she said.
The Late Show With David Letterman” airs on CBS at 11.30 p.m.
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