Samantha Bee announces interview with her first male president: Barack Obama

Samantha Bee, President Barack Obama
“Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee and President Obama.
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There’s no question that “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee has set her show apart from the boys club that is the other late-night and political satire shows currently on air, and the show stayed true to form in its announcement that Bee will be interviewing President Obama in an upcoming episode. 

The announcement described Obama as “a legal scholar and former junior senator from Illinois” before providing details of what he would be wearing for the interview. 

Since the premiere of “Full Frontal,” Bee has been unapologetic in her weekly takedown of the obvious sexism and covert misogyny at play in politics and mainstream media through segments that highlight specific legislation and politicians to interviews with female heads of state regarding their experiences after taking office.

It only makes sense, then, that the announcement of her upcoming interview with the POTUS parodies the coded language often used to discuss female politicians.


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The interview will air during Monday’s “Full Frontal” episode at 10:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on TBS.

The announcement noted that Bee’s “conversation with America’s male president, who wore a flattering wool suit paired with sensible leather flats” follows previous interviews with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Marshallese President Hilda Heine, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

“Talking to Secretary Albright was especially inspiring,” Bee joked in the announcement. “I hope to interview other former secretaries of State in the very near future.”


The interview comes as Obama has been hitting the campaign trail in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and will cover a range of topics, including Obama’s legacy and “the challenges the new commander in chief will face “when [spoiler alert] she takes office in January,” according to the announcement.

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