Janine Appring talks to Obama for hours: ‘nerve-wracking’

“He’s so engaging, experienced, and humorous that you quickly get comfortable with him as an interviewer. Three-quarters of the meeting later, I also asked him: How do you do this? How do you make sure I’m really sympathetic right away and why, as a journalist, might I ask less critical questions? This made him laugh heartily.” Janine looks back.

Prior to that, Janine had a list of approved questions for Obama, but she also indicated that she wanted to have a conversation and would ask more questions if necessary. And so the conversation turned to Donald Trump, who announced that he would run for president again. I asked him: Are you worried about Trump? This was a question that had not been arranged in advance. But he just answered and made a sweet plea about the rise of populism and that he hopes people can now see the impact of it if someone likes it coming to power,” says the presenter, who also has to let all that go for a while. “That was something high on his list. My wish, you know!”, it sounds happy.

the event An evening with President Barack Obama It lasted two hours and consisted of two parts. Before that, there was some kind of talk show with, among others, columnist Meryl Van Vronhoven and some musical performances, and then the conversation took place with Obama. Tickets for the event sold from 104.50 euros.

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