After Barack Obama appeared as the first guest on David Letterman's new Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, several of the amusing stories shared between the two are making their own headlines.
The upcoming series features hourlong episodes premiered each month and will include interviews with guests such as George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern.
The remainder of the show consists of a solemn field segment with Letterman and Congressman John Lewis in Selma, Alabama.
In fact, Letterman may make the night's most incendiary statement when he opens his brief introduction by casually saying he was "fired" from his last job.
"No, that's me", Letterman interjects.
"I said this man doesn't know anything about me", Lewis told Letterman.
Obama likened the entire move-in experience to "open-heart surgery", as he previously said in an interview with WDEL radio.
"I was under the impression that Twitter would be the mechanism by which truth was told around the world", Letterman says in his trademark deadpan.
"If you only watch Fox News", he says, "you're living in a different universe".
Al Roker once observed that former president Barack Obama's dance moves were reminiscent of Elaine from "Seinfeld". Lewis reflected on how the "Bloody Sunday" march he led helped pave the way for Obama's eventual election, but he called Trump's presidency "a major setback to the hopes, the dreams and aspirations of a people". You know I've got this lamp in this box.
I enjoyed their heavier conversations, was fascinated how Obama still sees a middle path where most people only see a rift.
Based on the guest list, descriptions and photo that you have seen so far in this TV Blog, please raise your hand if you are excited about this new David Letterman interview show. Day on Monday, the two also delve into the Civil Rights Movement, which inspired Obama to go into public service. The host gave the President a lot of time to circle through some too-familiar early biography - "What an odyssey, your life!" At that show, Franken often turned the questions around on Letterman, leading to a kind of a back and forth where each person takes a turn at getting interviewed.
Obama, who has delivered similarly soaring exhortations in the past, stays away from the pulpit with Letterman, maintaining a sense of calm perspective. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will air a live episode directly after President Trump's State of the Union speech on January 30. "It has more to do with the spirit that said, 'OK, I'm a Pullman porter, I'm a maid, but if enough maids and Pullman porters walk, and pray, and sing and show this injustice, we can awaken the consciousness of the nation'".
The conversation with Obama, while mostly dense, was not without moments of levity.