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Obama among last Letterman guests

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 - 00:59

The U.S. president appears as a guest on one of the final episodes of the Late Show with David Letterman. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday (May 4) discussed a wide array of topics including race and retirement as a guest on one of the final episodes of the the Late Show with David Letterman. "What you have are pockets of poverty, lack of opportunity, lack of education all across this country. Too often we ignore those pockets until something happens," Obama said on Letterman following a week of racially charged protests in Baltimore. He went on to say that this environment has ramifications for all involved. "Essentially we put police officers in a very tough spot where we say to them just contain the problem." The president said that creating more job opportunities for young minorities was critical to preventing a sense of frustration and helplessness. He also discussed the need for early childhood education and access to apprenticeships. "How can we send a message to young people of colour, and minorities, particularly young men saying your lives do matter, we care about you and we are going to invest in you before you have problem with the police, before there's the kind of crisis we see in Baltimore," Obama said. Earlier in the day, Obama spoke at Lehman College in the Bronx where he announced the launch of My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a non-profit organisation that is a spin-off of a White House initiative to increase opportunities for young minority men. Obama said black and Latino men feel disadvantaged, and he credited their sense of frustration about their lives and opportunities for the intensity of recent protests around the country. The discussion about race was bookend by lighter fare including Letterman chiding the president to take more time off to relax after he leaves office. Discussing his post-White House plans Obama joked: "I was thinking you and me, we could play some dominoes together. We can go to the local Starbucks and swap stories." Obama said he would continue to work on issues of race and creating opportunities for young men after his presidency, a possible foreshadowing of his future involvement with My Brother's Keeper Alliance.

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Obama among last Letterman guests

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 - 00:59