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Jonathan Alter on Interviewing Presidents Obama, Clinton & Nixon

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Published on May 9, 2012

"I think it's fair to say that that helped to create the Teabaggers."
- President Barack Obama, November 30, 2009

THE BACKSTORY
How do you interview a President? We asked veteran political journalist and author, Jonathan Alter, on this unique art and get to hear rare outtakes from his Oval Office interview with President Obama in November 2009. Alter writes for Bloomberg now after spending nearly three decades at Newsweek magazine. He's interviewed every president since Nixon, except for Ronald Reagan, and we get to hear what comes out behind closed doors while on the record.

Obama Interview Notes
- Date: November 30, 2009
- The Scene: The Oval Office
- The Source: Digital recorder
- Interview was central to Jonathan Alter's book, The Promise: President Obama, Year One. Available from Amazon

Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Amy Drozdowska

Photo Credits

Bigstock
The National Archives
The White House Photostream via Flickr
World Economic Forum via Flickr
Tom Hodgkinson via Flickr
The Aspen Institute via Flickr
Chuck Simmins via Flickr
Fibonacci via Flickr

Music Credits
Your Hand in Mind "Tea Time" | Shuta Hasunuma "Discover Tokyo"

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