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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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121.

Jay W.     

Bet she's still a dirty old girl.

981 days ago
122.

Ellen    

What a coincidence - so is he!

981 days ago
123.

bulldog49    

Anyone who believes folks like Donald Trump and the Kartrashians are "fascinating" qualifies as brain dead. Sorry Baba, you're waaaay over the hill.

981 days ago
124.

suzanne    

take obama with you barbara. he needs to go himself.

981 days ago
125.

JOE    

GO AHEAD AND RETIRE AND TAKE THE VIEW WITH YOU!

981 days ago
126.

Bill    

She should have retired years ago.

981 days ago
127.

Freddie K    

What a coincedence, so is Obama he just doesn't know it yet!

981 days ago
128.

Happy Gilbert    

Barbara, it takes so little to fascinate you.
It is way past time you were turned out to pasture. for too long. you've been rode hard and put up wet.
You've dragged ABC to the bottom of the stack.

Go snuggle up with Baez, now.

981 days ago
129.

Carol    

I am waiting to hear that Obama is retiring.

981 days ago
130.

soulofanangel    

--------------------------------------------------------
SH*TS AND GIGGLES Post 88 SA...
-gonna?
-he be in the white house?
-you bet you sweet ass?
-I be at the poles?
------------------------------------------------------------
Safe to say you were absent or sleeping during English class?
------------------------------------------------------------

981 days ago
131.

gayforliztaylor    

who's this stretched-face lift embarrassment? another greedy, arrogant, self-entitled idiot. the way she acted during the moron elizabeth hasselbeck's childish antics was pure classlessness. sycophant. her fans think she's a role model for decent women, lol.

981 days ago
132.

Ginger    

Good! Retire already you old arrogant gas bag.

981 days ago
133.

FUTOO    

But can she say Harry Reasoner?

981 days ago
134.

Joe    

Like Babawawa, who gives a sh*t?

981 days ago
135.

Tom    

Isn't that ironic?? I'd like Obama to retire next year as well!

981 days ago
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