Obama jokes with ‘Desus & Mero’: ‘Y’all could play for the Knicks’
Former President Obama playfully razzes the two stars of “Desus & Mero” in a clip from his upcoming interview on the show.
“Let me just say that I saw some of the footage of y’all with Booker,” Obama says as he walks into the sit-down with Showtime hosts Daniel “Desus Nice” Baker and Joel “The Kid Mero” Martinez in a preview video released Monday.
“Before you say anything, that was a deepfake and fake news. Do not misrepresent us,” the pair replies about their basketball showdown with Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) that was featured on their show last year.
“If you post that video on Twitter, it would be disclaimed and there would be a little note on the bottom,” the comics quipped of their less-than-stellar showing on the basketball court.
“I’m just saying, here’s the good news: Looks like y’all could play for the Knicks,” Obama, a noted basketball fan, shot back.
The New York Knicks went 21-45 last season and haven’t won an NBA title in more than 40 years.
“Wow, right off the rim! Barry with the killer shot,” the two replied in faux outrage.
“They’re supposed to be the shooters, not you, bro!” Martinez exclaimed, gesturing toward Obama’s security detail. “What’s going on? You don’t even need Secret Service!”
The full interview with Obama, whose appearance is part of a promotional tour for his memoir “A Promised Land,” airs Sunday on Showtime.
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