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  • Barbara Walters Obama Interview

    North Korea. The economy. Sarah Palin. On Nov. 22, 2010, Barbara Walters and her producers reviewed what questions she would ask President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as she prepared to head to the White House for the 2010 "20/20" Thanksgiving special.
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  • Barbara Walters Obama Interview

    Barbara Walters has interviewed every American president and first lady since Richard Nixon. When considering questions for the interview, Barbara's main concern is asking what most Americans want to know. This photo was taken on Nov. 22, 2010, as Barbara and her team prepared for the upcoming special.
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  • Barbara Walters Obama Interview

    A typical session can begin with what seems like a million questions. But with a limited amount of time to interview the first couple, the team has to whittle it down to the most important. For the 2010 Obama interview, we managed to get it down to four pages of questions.
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  • Barbara Walters Obama Interview

    The staff was hard at work on the train trip down to Washington, D.C. from New York, Nov. 23, 2010. The morning of the interview, Barbara, along with her producers, finalized questions and added new ones. That morning, America woke up to news that North Korea had launched an attack on a South Korean island.
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  • Barbara Walters Obama Interview

    The White House, taken the morning of Barbara Walters' 2010 interview with the president and the first lady.
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  • Barbara Walters Obama Interview

    Fresh off the plane from an appearance at a Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Ind., President Obama -- along with first lady Michelle Obama -- greeted Barbara Walters in the Grand Foyer of the White House on Nov. 23, 2010. They prepared to shoot a walk-and-talk segment through the Red Room.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Barbara Walters Obama Interview

    Barbara found first dog Bo pretty charming as he shook her hand.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Barbara Walters Obama Interview

    On Nov. 23, 2010, the first couple sat down for an interview with Barbara Walters. It was the second time the couple has sat for a joint interview with Walters -- their first was on Nov. 25, 2008, a few weeks after Obama won the presidential election.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • The Making of the Barbara Walters Obama Interview

    Before leaving the White House on Nov. 23, 2010, the staff posed with the president and first lady.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Barbara Walters Obama Interview

    The 2010 interview was fed back to ABC News bureaus in Washington and New York so various news platforms could use some of it for their broadcasts. To get a headstart on a tight production schedule, ABC News chartered the kind of bus normally used by rock stars and country singers. We equipped it with internet links, computers and printers.
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  • Barbara Walters Obama Interview

    Shortly after rolling Northward from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, we started downloading transcripts of the interview -- the 2010 interview totaled 100 pages.
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  • Barbara Walters Obama Interview

    Producer Michael Mendelsohn seen here working on the transcript as it was downloaded on the bus.
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  • Barbara Walters Obama Interview

    Less than an hour after the 2010 interview ended, Barbara was able to look over the transcript and start outlining her thoughts about editing on the bus.
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  • The Making of the Barbara Walters Obama Interview

    In New York, six editors started working their video magic while the producers started to relax on the bus after the Nov. 23, 2010 interview at the White House. The first "cut" was ready by the time we reached New York.
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