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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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16.

Lori Coyne    

If this is true, THANK GOD! She is one of the most annoying people on this planet!!!!

960 days ago
17.

DahhTroll    

Babs is on the news today informing us the kardashines have no talent. Tell us somethign we dont know!
Sears sucks

960 days ago
18.

moveover    

Why wait until next year? Can't you move it up a year, Babwa?

960 days ago
19.

Carl    

We'll, she'll be 83 then so I don't think anyone will call it an early retirement.

960 days ago
20.

Sandra     

Time to go as her face can't take any more plastic surgery!!! However ,can't see her retiring completely!!

960 days ago
21.

Bob    

After that embarrassment of a list it's a shame she didn't retire last year.

960 days ago
22.

DIMO    

Praise the Lord, the " Wawa" has been told that she is no longer considered anything more than a has-been. Sad that she couldn't have quit before she rested her laurels on the **** show The View, which she will leave as her legacy.

960 days ago
23.

CT    

Can't stand her...she needs to retire!

960 days ago
24.

JF    

My Christmas prayers have been answered!!!!! No more "specials" where she spends hours drooling over one celebrity or another, tossing marshmallow like questions at them while fancying herself to be the entertainment equivalent of Edward R. Murrow. Kind of interesting that she's "interviewing" another person most of us would like to see retire as well. Take OB with you, Babs!!!! The country can't take another four years of either of you!!!

960 days ago
25.

mike    

BYE Can't you do it now

960 days ago
26.

hung and dashing    

FINALLY! And she should retire her equally old and annoying "The View", too, when she goes. What a dry hen party that show is. But what else could one expect from Walters and the Tea Party suk-up Bill Geddes?

960 days ago
27.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Did it ever occur to any of them that maybe it was an inside joke?

960 days ago
28.

DahhTroll    

BABS KISS BUTT IN HER INTERVIEWS NOT LIKE TH EOLD DAYS.
SHE SHOULD HAVE ASKED KRIS JENNER IF SHE REALYT HINKS THIER SHOW IS GOOD FOR TWEENS TO WATCH. WITH KIM TELLING HER SITER TO WATCH GAY PORN ANDALL THE SEX OUT OF WED LOCK AND OTHER CRAPPY MORALS NOW KIM K IS A FALS IDOL WHORSHIPER SAYING SHE BOUGHT LIZ S JEWLRY TO HARNNESS POWER.
BABS SHOULD HAVE STRIATE UP TOLD THEM THEY ARE FLITH!

960 days ago
29.

Polly    

Too bad it isn't the other way around.

960 days ago
30.

Jackie    

She f!!cking suck...putting Steven Jobs with all those retarded talentless people in same category was the worst.F''ckin skank.

960 days ago
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