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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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91.

Mary Ann Moseley    

Obama was not on her list? Pity! Pity! What does that tell you?

1040 days ago
92.

chuck    

should have retired 5 yrs ago

1040 days ago
93.

Kookie    

She won't be back next year. She is sliding downhill now.
If she should get an interview with Obummer, she will treat him with kid gloves and cater to him. But he won't be back either. Good riddence to both.

1040 days ago
94.

Who Cares    

Oh what a loss! I saw this stupid skank on Letterman a couple of nights ago, as an "expert" on Syria. Everything that came out of her mouth was a lie, albeit she was just echoing what the Ashkenazi "news" media is feeding the American public so maybe she's just stupid and doesn't know she's lying. All in all, who cares? Barbara walters has always been an insignificant airhead and extremely annoying to top it off

1040 days ago
95.

Dave    

Baba is retiring? Great. So is Obarry!

1040 days ago
96.

anna    

I think Harvey Levin is the most fascinating man of 2011. PS Is Harvey related to Mayor Bloomberg? hey why does everyone pick on Harvey for height, he's the Super Fun Size.
Luv U Harvey...

1040 days ago
97.

char    

I hope she really does retire and take The View with her. Ridiculous to name Kim and the Kardashians as the most fascinating people she should be fired for that and or forced to retire.

1040 days ago
98.

rico    

after those lame people on her show last night. the kardahisans? she shoud retire.

1040 days ago
99.

Jean Miller    

She should retire. She is so liberal she makes me sick.

1040 days ago
100.

Dennis    

Again

1040 days ago
101.

JTFloore    

and waiting in the wings to replace her, ta da: Katie Couric! she's been doing waltersesque interviews already.

1040 days ago
102.

Cheryl    

We can only hope...I have grown so tired of her on the View and her contining interviews. She is losing credibility with interviews with the Kardashians...thinking they are one of the most interesting people on her show....REALLY BARBARA.

1040 days ago
103.

ROSE    

BARBARA'S SPECIAL LAST NIGHT WAS HORRIBLE. HER INTERVIEW WAS ON PAR WITH THE GMA KARDASHIAN INTERVIEW BY LARA SPENCER. IT SEEMED THAT KRIS JENNER DECIDED WHAT WOULD BE ASKED....BARBARA IS LOSING HER EDGE, SHE SHOULD'VE BEEN ALL OVER THAT 72 HR WEDDING AND KOURTNEY'S BF SCOTT AND HIS DRINKING PROBLEM. IT WAS A DILUTED INTERVIEW O*****ROUP OF PEOPLE SO UNDESERVING OF LIVING SO LAVISHLY.

1040 days ago
104.

Studley Buck    

Hideous old hag should have retired 40 years ago.

1040 days ago
105.

Matt    

Excellent! Don't let the door slam you in the *** on the way out....

1040 days ago
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