There’s something about small talk…
Blog Guy, sometimes I see photos of President Barack Obama with prominent celebrities. Surely he can’t know who they all are, so what does he talk to them about?
Here’s how that works. The President’s staff comes up with just one single line for him to memorize about each celebrity. Something designed to trigger a very genuine, easy response from them, so nobody is embarrassed.
That’s very interesting. So for the Kennedy Center Honors recently, he met actor Robert DeNiro. What would Obama have said?
Obama said, “Bob, can you guess who I’m talking to?”
Ah, I see! So then DeNiro could just reply, “You talkin’ to me?”
Exactly. Now you’ve got it.
He also met singer Bruce Springsteen there. So Obama might have said…
“Say, Bruce, where were you born?”
Wow! That’s ingenious! And I saw photos of actor Ben Stiller at that event, so Obama probably said…
That’s an easy one…
Really? No way. No fricking way!
Yep. “Ben, Is that… is that hair gel?”
Top: President Barack Obama greets Robert DeNiro and Bruce Springsteen at a reception for the Kennedy Center Honors recipients in the Blue Room of the White House, Dec. 6, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Right: Ben Stiller arrives in the East Room for a reception for Kennedy Center Honorees at the White House in Washington, December 6, 2009. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst