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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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46.

cb    

I notice I they said he was NOT on the list tike ebing onher list was so important...retire the sooner the better great grandma

960 days ago
47.

steve piller    

Wow the comments have been obnoxious. This woman has had a great career and has had some incredible interviews.
While I do agree that some of the interviews are "fluff", you have to admire her persistance.

960 days ago
48.

Geegee    

Bwabwa always thought she was an authority on every subject... the last word. How the hell did she get so much knowledge, power and authority? I'm sure she knew that mike was on. She knew what was being heard. Thank god she is going to retire. But praytell, who can EVER take her place??

960 days ago
49.

hrh    

Hopefully her one more interview with BO will be after he loses a second term :>)

960 days ago
50.

Steinberg    

It was a joke? Hilarious. Babs should consider stand up

960 days ago
51.

Miriam    

I wish. But, I wouldn't bet money on it!.

960 days ago
52.

Sonya in Tx    

And take that awful show The View with you...

960 days ago
53.

Mike    

Thank God. We watched her top people of 2011 last night and we said it is time for her to step down. Not only is she boring but hard to look at,

960 days ago
54.

JE Henderson    

Old broadcasters never die,they just fade away

960 days ago
55.

JE Henderson    

Old broadcasters never die,they just fade away

960 days ago
56.

Casey    

Good News for a change.

960 days ago
57.

Casey    

Now if only Obama would do the same, like TODAY!

960 days ago
58.

pootsa    

THE MONGOOSE WILL RETIRE WHEN THERE ARE NO MORE VICTIMS TO SWALLOW. AND THAT OF COURSE WILL BE NEVER. YOU'LL BE SEEING "BA-BA" UNTIL THEY PUT A STAKE THROUGH HER HEART AND BURY HER IN UNSANCTIFIED GROUND.

960 days ago
59.

cha cha    

good riddance you old hag, I will no*****ch the View because of YOU !!! Go kiss the asses of Jose Baez, and the Kardashian/Jenner Skanks. Frank Sinatra even hated you .... and that's a fact

960 days ago
60.

TPF    

So is Obama!

960 days ago
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