This week’s guests on Real Time with Bill Maher were President Barack Obama, former Governor Jennifer Granholm, Martin Short, and David Frum.
Maher’s one-on-one interview with President Obama covered many topics including healthcare, military spending, prisons, legalising marijuana, the media and of course Donald Trump
The interview included a pointed conversation about atheism where Bill asked Obama to consider the numbers of the non-believers in the USA.
Obama, in a kidding tone, slightly insulted Maher when he suggests it was Bill’s other “wacky” ideas that made some dislike him and not his lack of religion.
Maher flew to DC to interview Obama and broached the religion conversation with the right amount of politesse, and said: “I don’t know if anybody from my tribe (atheists) gave you a shout out for your speech at the inaugural.”
Maher continued: “We do feel like untouchables to a degree, I don’t have anybody from my tribe of atheists ever thank you for giving us a shout out at your first inaugural but you didn’t mention non-believers you I think it was pardoned once more than what I… I mean it’s not just in that speech I’ve done it off well we appreciate it, because we do feel like untouchables to a degree.”
“I mean, I don’t know if you saw the latest religion survey but almost a quarter of the country are ‘nones’… I don’t mean the ones who hit me on the knuckles with a ruler and Sunday school. I mean they put “none” for religion in the box for the above right.”
“They’re atheists, agnostics or they just don’t want to get up on Sunday right morning and we have no representation in Congress, and if our numbers are represented [it would] be over a hundred congresspeople right who felt that way.”
“It just seems like we are not included in the basket of diversity in America which is odd because we are the biggest minority that is a bigger minority than any other minority you can. Don’t you think we should get a little more love?”
Obama was measured in his response but threw in a zinger at Bill. He said: “You seem to have done alright with your TV show. I think you’re right that there are certain… occupations probably most prominently politics where there would be a bias against somebody’s who’s agnostic or atheist in running for office.”
“I think that’s still true. Outside of that arena though that you seem to have done all right with your TV show. I don’t get it, the extent that they’re boycotting you [perhaps] because of your other wacky ideas rather than your particular view on religion.”
Maher excoriated the media “to do their f***** jobs” as he lambasted the FBI for being part of a “slow moving conservative coup.”
He also took a swipe at Melania Trump’s political speech “they’re a couple that makes sense, she’s a supermodel and he keeps saying things that want to make you throw up!”
Also here is a rewind on live #whinylittlebitch broadcast:
What did you think of Bill Maher’s interview with President Obama?