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Barbara Walters to President

'I'm Retiring Next Year!'

12/15/2011 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Barbara Walters and President Barack Obama
Barbara Walters
just told President Barack Obama she's retiring next year ... this according to a source who heard Barbara say it.

Barbara just finished interviewing the Prez at the White House.  According to the source, during a break in the action, Barbara leaned over to Obama and said, "I need one more interview with you because I'm retiring next year."  Here's the thing .. Barbara's mic was open when she said it, and lots of people were listening.

Barbara still does specials for the network, in addition to "The View."  Her "Most Fascinating People" show aired last night -- Obama was NOT on her list.

We called ABC News for comment, but so far ... nothing.

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12:00 PM PT: Jeff Schneider, Sr. VP of ABC News, just got off the phone with Walters and told us,  "Barbara has joked that she is retiring every year since the Clinton Administration. Anyone who just did a day trip to Syria, 90-minute prime time special and an interview with the President and First Lady hardly sounds like someone retiring from anything." 

We asked if she fibbed to Obama to get another interview, and Schneider laughed, saying, "She's one of the greatest bookers who ever lived."

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166.

G. Hugh    

With any luck, so is he!

941 days ago
167.

kelly    

She should have retired 20 yrs ago. Glad to heard she is finally(maybe, might,) retire.

941 days ago
168.

jujubee    

Ugh good..and then maybe they can recast The View

941 days ago
169.

Sensible Sense    

Barbara Waters should have retired when she went through men-aspouse (aka sleeping with a married black man in order to prove that she is not a racist). Guess what Babwa you did not fool anyone with your senile confession, we all know that the reason Herman Cain fascinates you is because you can't go back and what you need desperately is to have Cain ride you long, hard, with a brown bag on your mortified torso, and hopefully using some of his favorite pizza sauses as lubricant for your dried up, freckled, saloon doors like swinging pissy lips.

Someone your age should be fascinated by what lies beyond, and you will spend eternity orally pleasuring the Kardishians' anuses in hell.

941 days ago
170.

HARRY NIPPLES, Jr.    

Oh wait... you said "greatest BOOKERS" I thought it was a misspelt reference to how she's "slept" her way into interviews.

941 days ago
171.

fran    

I have never liked Barbara Walters...and I have no respect for her what so ever, you can bet she cleared it with the KK clan to say they were no talents...look what she did to Rosie O...she sided with her over the Donald, while on the view, and then turned on Rosie and sided with Donald Trump, when Rosie left..to me that's being very two-faced..she is a phoney

941 days ago
172.

cari    

Did he just say She's one of the greatest hookers who ever lived?? Finally ABC gets something right!

941 days ago
173.

Fast    

BOTH of them will be retired next year!!

941 days ago
174.

ds    

Good riddance.Thanks for NOT making us suffer through your campaigning again for Obama. One of the worst so called journalists is finally pulling the trigger on herself. Take the rest of your stinking View with you, you stinking, dusty queef.

941 days ago
175.

anonym    

barbara is unpleasant, talentless witch + lie +hypocrite.
disgusting to see her unattractive arrogant mug in tv too often
good riddance, and don't forget to take kartrashian with you

941 days ago
176.

shoenews    

Maybe she'll take him with her.

941 days ago
177.

Bean    

Finally!! Should be right now. She is so out of tune with reality!! The View show is pathetic,and interviewing the kartrashians is just sad. She should of years ago. Now she is just annoying!

941 days ago
178.

LadyZ710    

Well I'm not surprised, because she seems to sometimes forget things....not trying so say she has Alzheimer's, but it looks that way at times. Love her anyway! Wish her the BEST!

941 days ago
179.

GeminiDream    

Time for her to go. On The View she forgets half of what she is talking about. She isn't able to interview anymore without a telepromter and note cards.

941 days ago
180.

margaretmorgan    

The SLUTSHOUD HAVE RETIRED YEARS AGO

940 days ago
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