In interview switch, Obama questions British naturalist for BBC program

Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:41pm EDT
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By Roberta Rampton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In an interview, President Barack Obama is normally the one giving the answers. But on Sunday, he will turn the tables and ask the questions in an interview with naturalist Sir David Attenborough airing on BBC.

Obama and Attenborough will discuss climate change, one of Obama's top issues for his remaining time in office.

"I have been a huge admirer of your work for a very long time," Obama told Attenborough in a clip of the interview posted on the BBC's website.

It is the latest in a series of unusual media appearances for Obama, who has been game to tap almost any avenue that reaches as many eyeballs as possible to get his message out.

Last week, Obama was interviewed by comedian Marc Maron for the viral podcast known as "WTF." Earlier this year, he talked to green-lipstick-wearing comedian GloZell Green and other YouTube celebrities with huge followings.

To reach young people he wanted to sign up for Obamacare, his signature health care insurance program, he talked to comedian Zach Galifianakis for the web series "Between Two Ferns."

Obama, a Democrat, has bantered with other comedians on late night television and exploited every possible social media tool, even doing his own jousting in the political arena of Twitter (@POTUS is his handle).

Attenborough, 89, has been making television documentaries for 60 years. The BBC has called him "the godfather of natural history TV."   Continued...

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles while delivering remarks after the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to uphold the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington June 25, 2015.   REUTERS/Gary Cameron