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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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106.

Roger    

Diane Sawyer knocked Barbara out of the box!!!!!!!!!!!!

1005 days ago
107.

Jan    

Who cares if she ask that question? She is trying to prepare for her last year of work. Hopefully by then we will also have a new president and congress...

1005 days ago
108.

laura    

I really never understood why she was so popular to begin with. She has a very noticeable lisp that I find annoying. And, lately I think she is loosing it. Good bye Barbara - people just aren't listening anymore.

1005 days ago
109.

Belinda    

WOW, I knew that she was not very well liked but I cannot believe how that NO One has a good word for her at all!! I wonder if she is reading any of these blogs? She really needs to " Hang it up for good"!

1005 days ago
110.

MaryLou    

I used to like her----no more---- backing Obama ----I don't understand why she is so blind.

1005 days ago
111.

monroe     

THANK GOD,she slept with a married blackman and just is so all over having an ass for a PRESIDENT cause he is BLACK......?well you need to get to hell off the t.v youre only one sided any frickin way.bye bye BLACK bird....lol.

1005 days ago
112.

Tyler    

Nah she's not really retiring, they never really are. You still see them in things after they've allegedly retired. Didn't artists like Cher and Celine Dion say they were done, but then they kept popping up with stuff.

1005 days ago
113.

!yo!    

She should retire. I remember when she would interview IMPORTANT people. Now she talks to wanna be famous, talentless, UN fascinating people. Herman Cain and the Kardashian Klan??

1005 days ago
114.

Hovanassian    

is she still a virgin?

1005 days ago
115.

Jack Moss    

Atta girl, Babs!

1005 days ago
116.

Jay W.     

82 years old.. C'mon Barb, time to go and let somebody else handle the reins. Relax...

1005 days ago
117.

Mick    

Ba ba wa wa, too funny, she had great tits 50 years ago

1005 days ago
118.

TMZfan10000    

How was it possible that a person with such poor diction and limited knowledge of world affairs get herself in the position that she did. Her only talent is in getting celebrities to cry. She led the charge of BS journalism. Hey Barbara go ask Castro or any other dictator what kind of tree they would like to be.

1005 days ago
119.

Al    

Good bye Bah Bwa..Won't miss you.

1005 days ago
120.

Lala    

There comes a time in EVERY "CELEBRITIES" CAREER where they NEED to KNOW WHEN TO GO... Isn't BW like a THOUSAND YEARS OLD??? She's becoming as CREEPY as LARRY KING and as PAINFUL to watch as REGIS... THANK GOD THEY BOTH FINALLY "RETIRED"... alhthough not before becoming COMPLETE CARICATURES of themselves!
HEAD OUT TO PASTURE BAHBAH... you won't be ALONE!!!!

1005 days ago
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