uh, I did some
Christmas shoppingthis weekend and, um,
thanks to President Trump,this year's hottest gift
is potable waterfor your doomsday bunker.
-Now... -No, no.Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop.
Dude, why do youkeep doing that?
Oh, it's Roy Wood Jr.,everybody. Roy Wood Jr.
-(cheering, applause)-Oh, man.
-You're killing me.-But why... I...
-You're killing me.-I don't understand. What...
what are you doing?What are you doing here, man?
Trevor, you keep calling the manPresident Trump.
It's President-elect Trump.
Oh. Dude, my bad. You knowwhat happens is sometimes
-it just-it just slips out.-Yeah, I understand.
But until January 20,
the presidentis still Barack Obama.
-Enjoy that.-That's true, that's true.
You better enjoy it.
You just can't go pushingthis man out the White House.
Obama's... He's basicallyat a restaurant,
he's enjoying his meal,
and now America's coming overlike an aggressive waiter
trying to rush him out.
You-you're right, you're right,we should appreciate, uh,
President Barack Obamawhile we still can.
Look, to me, this will always bethe lasting image
of Obama's presidency.That young kid in that photo
sees someone that looks like himwith hair like him
in the Oval Office.
When people touch Trump's hair,they're not inspired.
They just rubbing it.They're like,
"Yo, man, what the (bleep)is this?
What the hell is this?What am I touching?"
Yeah, man. It's truewhen you say that, you know,
because if you think about it,we're-we're closing in
on a chapterin American history.
This is-this is it-- we'reofficially closing a chapter
in American history.And I mean, like, closed closed.
Like, really closed.
Not like Obamaclosing Guantanamo closed.
Like, really closed.You know?
Here you go. You wantto bring up Gitmo.
Talk tough in your pretty littletelevision studio.
I bet you... I bet you'd
never say anythinglike that to his face.
What-what do you mean?
I-I would do that, Roy.I'm that kind of person.
I speak truth to power.
I bet you all the money in mypocket you wouldn't make a joke
to Obama's face about Gitmo.
How much do you havein your pocket?
Don't get comfortablewith that money.
It's on.Don't get comfortable, Roy.
Don't get comfortable.
WOOD: Oh, uh, he-he eventook the cameras with him. Okay.
NOAH: Mr. President,
-thank you for being on theshow. -It is great to see you.
Yeah, I'd like to apologize,first of all. I-I know you've
waited a long time for this andyou wanted to make this happen.
I just... I'm sorry. I...
You guys wouldn't,uh, wouldn't book us.
I kept on...I kept on calling.
I was focused on the election,and I apologize.
Uh, but let-let's get into it.No, thank you
for being on the show.
We are living throughone of the craziest times ever.
I mean, just beforewe came to the interview,
more news broke. Uh, we heardthat the CIA assessed,
with high confidence, that, uh,the Russians were involved
in the hackingof the DNC and RNC, uh,
with the specific intentof swaying the election
in favor of Donald Trump.
And we heard that, uh, you know,the president ordered a review
of... of this from allintelligence agencies.
-Right.-And you wanted the news...
or you wanted the briefingsto be concluded
before the inaugurationof Donald Trump,
-when he takes power.-Right.
Uh... why-why the rush?
Well, it's not a rush.Keep in mind that
when the DNC got hacked,
uh, we immediately assigned
our intelligence community,
our law enforcement toinvestigate what had happened.
And we determinedand announced in October
that it was the consensusof all the intelligence agencies
in law enforcement that, uh,
that organizations affiliated
with Russian intelligence
were responsible for the hacking
of the DNC.
Uh, materialsthat were being leaked.
So that was a monthbefore the election.
This was not a secret.
And the reason that I'm...
have called for a review
is really to just gatherall the threads
of the investigations,
the intelligence workthat has been done
over many months,
so that the publicand our elected representatives,
going forward,can find ways to prevent
this kind of interference
from having an impacton the elections in the future.
Uh, I will say this,though, Trevor.
None of thisshould be a big surprise.
-This was reported onbefore the election. -Yeah.
I don't thinkthere was any doubt
among anybody in the media
or among, uh,members of Congress
as to who was beingadvantaged or disadvantaged
by the political gossipthat was
being, uh, put out in drip,drip, drip fashion
-leading up to the election.-I-I think, now...
I think now the difference is
there isa President-elect Donald Trump.
-Yeah.-And now the big question is
what would bea suitable response?
People say,"Well, this is-this is an act
"towards the United Statesor this is Russia
undermining the very democracythat we stand on.
Well... But-butI think what's...
I think it's really important
for everybody to understand
what our challenge is.
Russia trying to influenceour elections
dates back to...the Soviet Union.
What they did here, hackingsome e-mails and releasing them,
uh, is not...
s... uh,a particularly fancy brand
of espionage or propaganda.
we were, frankly, more concerned
in the run-upto the election, uh,
to the possibilitiesof vote tampering,
which, uh,we did not see evidence of
and were confidentthat we could guard against.
But, Trevor, I thinkwhat everybody has to reflect on
is what is it about our...
what is it about the stateof our democracy,
where the leaks of...
what were, frankly,
not very interesting e-mails
that didn't have any...
explosive information in them...
The risotto was interesting.
...ended up being...
and the fact that the Russianswere doing this
was not an obsession.
I-I... This was not a secretrunning up to the election.
in some of his political events,
specifically saidto the Russians,
"Hack Hillary's e-mails,
"so that we can finally find outwhat's going on
and, you know, confirmour conspiracy theories."
You had, uh,what was very clear,
membersof the president-elect's, uh,
campaign team and, uh, Russians
and, uh, a professed...
uh, shared viewon a bunch of issues.
The real question that I thinkwe all have to reflect on is
what's happenedto our political system,
where... some e-mailsthat were hacked and released
ended up beingthe overwhelming story
and the constant sourceof coverage,
breathless coverage,that was depicted
as somehow, uh,damning in all sorts of ways,
when the truth of the matterwas it was, um,
fairly routine stuff.
And-and the reason I say thatis because,
going forward, uh,
I worry that we don't spendenough time
on self-reflectionabout how our, uh...
how our democracy's workingand our campaign's working, um,
and how all of us have to,I think, do a better job,
uh, making sure that we talkabout what's at stake.
Uh, we... For example,
these e-mails got a lot moreattention than any policy...
(chuckles) that was beingdebated during the campaign.
Let me ask youabout what's at stake.
The president-electhas very clearly said
he refusesintelligence briefings.
Um, and so he's come outand said,
"I don't need them,because I'm a smart man."
You're a president.
You knowwhat a briefing entails.
Can you make effectiveand informed decisions
without intelligence briefings
and without the support of theagencies around the presidency?
I think the president-elect
may, uh, say one thingand do another once he's here,
because the truthof the matter is
is that it'sa big, complicated world.
It doesn't matterhow smart you are.
Y-You have to havethe best information possible
to makethe best decisions possible.
And, uh, my experience
with our intelligence agenciesis that they are not perfect--
they'd be the firstto acknowledge that--
but they are fullof extraordinarily hard-working,
patriotic,and knowledgeable experts.
And i-if you're not gettingtheir... perspective,
uh, their detailed perspective,
then you are flying blind.
Y-You know,part of what we have done
is to, uh,
just hammer away
at the basic principle that...
intelligence shall not besubject to political spin.
And I'm very proudof the fact that,
over the courseof the eight years,
the message I've sentto every intelligence agency
is I want it straight,without spin.
Uh, and I think we've developeda culture that does that.
My hope is is that, uh,
that s... uh, remains.
Because we've seen, in the past,
-where there was political spinon intelligence, -Yeah.
or at least the-the intelligenceagencies felt obliged
to, uh,cater to the predispositions
of the president or his team
that, uh, you end up makingbad mistakes.