Bill Maher will get his 60th birthday present, but about nine months late.
Yes, President Barack Obama will finally be a guest on his show.
In January, as a 60th birthday gift to himself, Maher called on his fans to sign a White House petition asking Obama to appear on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” before the president left office.
Maher’s petition, which invited Obama to be a guest on the show or give a reason why he could not (since it’s true he has granted interviews to many others, including Zach Galifianakis of Funny or Die’s faux talk show “Between Two Ferns” and various stars of YouTube), received the required 100,000 signatures in less than two days (and now has 320,922 signatures total).
Still, except for a polite White House reply that praised Maher and his show and promised the standing invitation would be given “respectful consideration” — every petition that meets the signature quota gets some kind of answer — nothing happened, and it looked as if Maher’s ultimate wish would remain a pie-in-the-sky request.
Maher, who grew up in River Vale and donated $1 million to Obama’s 2012 campaign, made the announcement that Obama would finally grant his wish during Friday night’s “Real Time.”
The interview with Obama, which Maher will tape at the White House this week, will finally air on HBO at 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.