Lucky

, a 2-minute piece by Dev Mukherjee Dev Mukherjee

Transcribed from Episode 1 of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, David Letterman interviewing President Barrack Obama. His first interview since he left office.

Transcribed verbatim

Barack Obama

But here’s one question I did have in, Cause we’re wrapping up. Don’t you say to yourself boy am I lucky!

And one of the things that I think, I always am surprised by is when I see people who have been successful — in business, or entertainment, or politics — and they are absolutely convinced that it’s all because they are so smart.

And I’m always saying, “Well, look, I worked hard and I’ve got some talent!” — but there are a lot of hard working talented people out there.

There was this element of chance to it. There was this element of serendipity.

And I wonder if you feel that sometimes, and the reason that for me at least, is important — is so A, I don’t feel too self-important but B, you know, you want to see if can maybe figure out how to sprinkle that stardust on other people.

David Letterman

Okay, Mr President!

This is what I have been struggling with at this point in my life.

I have been been nothing but lucky.

When John Lewis and his friends in April of ‘65, March of ‘65 were marching across that bridge, in April of ‘65 me and my friends were driving to Florida to get on a cruise ship to go to the Bahamas because there was no age limit to purchase alcohol, and we spent the entire week — pardon my French, shit-faced.

Barack Obama

Right.

David Letterman

Why wasn’t I in Alabama.

Why was I not aware?

I have been nothing but lucky, and the luck continues here this evening.

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