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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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31.

stu    

1st grandpa Regis now grandma. :=

855 days ago
32.

charley    

good for you...now take that idiot obama with you...phkn stupid b'stard of a president. weakling.....a rich mans butt kissin fool!

855 days ago
33.

CebVA    

One less fawning Owebama sycophant polluting the airwaves. Any resemblance to an actual journalist is purely coincidental.

855 days ago
34.

Reader    

Barbara, you should find more fascinating people, instead of just infamous for a sex tape career. Why aren't more deserving people in Health, Science, Inventions on the list. Steve Jobs should have gotten that award last year. Fascinating the Kartrashians are not. I find it fascinating anyone left out there views that trash. Anyone who views their shows should have their heads examined.

855 days ago
35.

Cheryl A.    

Regarding the update.......so now we are being told that she has been LYING about this for YEARS and she may have lied to get another booking with the president. No shame at all, just ratings, ratings, ratings.

855 days ago
36.

Kathy Lightner    

I'm surprised Barrbara didn't pick Casey Anthony as the most facinating person of 2011. Or maybe Jose Baez?

855 days ago
37.

annie    

I am soooooooo tired of Barbara. She spent most of yesterday's View touting her show on last night and the upcoming interview with Obama. Also yiped about it all last week.

855 days ago
38.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

Baba wawa go ba ba.;) ...as to that ugly basturd (sic) next to her, man, the closer you get to that fraud the uglier he is huh? What ever possessed half the nation to vote for this man had better be over it by now, because if it isn't you can kiss this nation and its prosperity and dominance long long goodbye kids. You folks who voted for him to prove you're not racists with white guilt better vote for someone else this time to prove you're not total idiots as well/ :(

855 days ago
39.

tre    

it's about time... quick! somebody help pack her bags

855 days ago
40.

Jeanne Tutt    

she's recognized she doesn't have much left if she agrees to a casey anthony interview!

855 days ago
41.

vbookish7    

She thinks Herman Cain just had to be interviewed, just one more friggin time. This fraud is delusional and Barbara bought into it. Wake up Barbara! Maybe time to retire.

855 days ago
42.

Jackie    

Good...it's way past time.

855 days ago
43.

ALAN    

wonder if she had her mike on when she was screwing a married u.s. senator from Massachusetts? No, not Jack.

855 days ago
44.

Geegee    

She has worked long enough. I'm glad she is retiring. She has had a lot of influence over the years... perhaps too much. Did she interview Netanyahu?

855 days ago
45.

bring back recent posts    

..I've clicked onto the view for a few minutes maybe twice in 3 years...they all make me cringe on there..every single one of the..and now Kelly is getting that way..I miss The Rosie O'donnell show..back in it's heyday..was the best!

854 days ago
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