We are coming down to the wire in the general election race for the American presidency that has lasted for over a year.
Everyone is exhausted, especially HBO host and political pundit Bill Maher who has finally bagged the Big — President Barack Obama — a man he gave one million dollars to in his last election run, and then complained about for never agreeing to do his show.
President Obama is now going to be on Real Time tonight!
The stakes are high, as Hillary Clinton, the democratic nod for the presidency, is battling not only the GOP pick Donald J. Trump, but also Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who keeps dumping pantsing emails from her camp showing how the power elite chit chats with each other on the proverbial “DL” (down low).
Tonight Maher hosts President Obama as the top-of-show interview guest. The panelists are several frequent guests including thoughtful observer of political events, editor David Frum, former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm and actor Martin Short.
There’s also good news for fans of Bill’s whipsmart salon on Friday nights, after HBO renewed the show through 2018.
Of note too are new New Rules animations that Maher and HBO are producing through a partnership with ATTN:, the media company of which Maher is an investor.
New Rules is Maher’s cherry-on-the-ice-cream-sundae editorial segment from his weekly show.
The video teaser below was written and recorded by Maher, with the original animation done by ATTN:’s in-house animation studio.
Maher says of Trump in the clip: “Donald Trump is the grown-up version of every pain-in-the-ass kid who ever sat behind you on a plane kicking the back of your seat while the parents did nothing.”
The animation reveals what Maher thinks of “spoiled child” Trump and blames the political rise of the orange-hued real estate mogul on the “self-esteem movement” while contextualizing Trump’s appeal within American culture.
ATTN: and Maher aim to produce more New Rules animated videos that explain complex issues in simple ways.
Real Time with Bill Maher airs Fridays at 10 pm on HBO.