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Barack Obama & David Letterman plan their retirements together: "I would really like the idea of playing some dominoes with you"

POTUS joined retiree David Letterman Monday night to propose some recreational ideas for life after late night


Colin Gorenstein
May 5, 2015 6:45PM (UTC)

President Barack Obama joined retiree David Letterman on the "Late Show" Monday night to propose some recreational ideas for life after late night. Surprisingly, raising Letterman's 11-year-old never came up, so perhaps Michelle never consulted with him first. Instead, POTUS suggested playing dominoes, visiting the local Starbucks and swapping stories together.

This marked the president's eighth visit to the show during Letterman's 33-year run. In one rather heart-felt moment, Obama told the late night host: "After a tough day at the office or coming home from work, knowing that you've been there to give us a little bit of joy and a little bit of laughter, it has meant so much. You're part of all of us. You've given us a great gift and we love you."

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Then, for a few minutes, the two switched gears to speak seriously about the riots in Baltimore. Obama told Letterman that he felt police officers were being put in a "really tough spot," asked to "just contain the problem."

“It is important that now that charges have been brought in Baltimore that we let the process play itself out,” Obama said. “Those officers have been charged and they deserve to be represented and to let the legal system work its way through. We don’t have all the facts yet and that’s going to be presented in a court of law.”

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Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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