President Barack Obama made a super cool touch down in Los Angeles on Thursday ahead of his interview with Ellen DeGeneres.
Making a rare appearance in sunglasses, Obama stepped off Air Force One in a pair of suave shades, and was ferried straight from the airport to the Warner Bros. studios, where Ellen is filmed.
The two pre-recorded the interview in the afternoon, which will air on Friday. It is the first time a sitting president has appeared on the day-time talk show.
As Obama geared up for his appearances, motorists in Los Angeles braced for traffic that was even worse than usual as several roads across L.A. County were shut down for the presidential visit.
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Super suave: President Barack Obama adjust his suit jacket as he walks across the tarmac in Mountain View, California, on Thursday, ahead of a taping on the Ellen DeGeneres Show
President Barack Obama walks over to the crowd before departing on Air Force One at Moffett Federal Airfield
Good to be back: Obama made his first appearance in the studio with Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday since 2007, when he was campaigning for presdident
Traffic on local highways in the Los Angeles area as seen from the Osprey helicopter transporting members of the media traveling with President Barack Obama on Thursday. Motorists on Thursday in Los Angeles were bracing for heavier-than-usual traffic
On Thursday, road closures during the visit saw some roads shut down for more than three hours, while most lasted between an hour and an hour and a half.
The Los Angeles Police Department provided residents with a list of roads to avoid which included some roads in the area around North Hollywood Way, Rimpau Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Scenes from Thursday showed local highways in Los Angeles congested with a heavy flow of cars.
On Friday, the police department’s list of roads to avoid included the area around Wilshire Boulevard between the Westwood Village area and the 405 Freeway for an hour and a half starting from 9.30am, the Times reported.
It also included the area around South Bundy Drive between Ocean Park Boulevard and the 10 Freeway, also for an hour and a half, starting from 9.30am.
Los Angeles Police provided residents with a list of roads to avoid which included some roads in the area around North Hollywood Way, Rimpau Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard (shown above)
Above a map shows a list of closures effecting drivers in Los Angeles during the presidential visit
Scenes from Thursday showed local highways in Los Angeles congested with a heavy flow of cars
Obama’s appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show is the first time he has appeared in the studio with Ellen since taking office, following an interview in 2007, then as an Illinois senator campaigning for president.
The President told Ellen that he is generally happy when he gets the opportunity to escape from Washington and will reveal why he and First Lady Michelle never fight.
During the interview, which will be broadcast this evening, Obama said he is especially happy about the advancements in the rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people since taking office.
Obama will also reveal that with his eldest daughter Malia going to college, he feels that he is losing his best friend.
President Obama and Ellen DeGeneres begin the interview with a now traditional ‘selfie’ photograph
President Obama reveals that with his daughter Malia leaving for college he feels he has lost his best friend
A young girl cannot believe that when she walks out on stage that she is being greeted by the President
However, with Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, Ellen surprises the President with a special message from the First Lady.
Ellen then gives Obama the opportunity to send his own message in return.
Obama was last interviewed in 2014 by Ellen DeGeneres in a two-way camera interview from the White House.
In that interview he promoted enrollment in the Affordable Care Act and joked about how DeGeneres broke his ‘retweet’ record.
Ellen excited tweeted a photo of herself and Obama on Thursday afternoon during the taping.
She captioned the photo: ‘Selfie with the Chief.’
In announcing on Twitter that Obama was to be on the show, Ellen teased that the two would be playing ‘Never Have I Ever’, a game that has become popular on the show with celebrities over the last year.
After the taping, Obama was due to go to a fundraiser at Hancock Park hosted by Scorpion executive producer Danny Rose and his husband, attorney Aaron Rosenberg.
John Legend was performing at the event.
Partway through the show, Ellen, right, ambushes the president with a Valentine’s message from Michelle
Ellen, right, then gives Obama, left, the opportunity to send his wife his own message for Valentine’s Day
US President Barack Obama talks to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres during a break in the taping of The Ellen DeGeneres show at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California on Thursday
Barrel of laughs: In between takes, Obama was seen bursting into laughter after a joke made by Ellen
Upcoming: Ellen’s interview with President Obama will go to air on Friday February 12
Excited: Ever the lover of a selfie, Ellen DeGeneres couldn’t resist putting up this photo with the president
Earlier on Thursday, Obama said that ‘strange things’ can happen in politics when voters are scared and that the angst people are feeling across the country is finding voice in both the Republican and Democratic parties.
‘We have to listen to that,’ Obama said at a Democratic Party fundraiser at the San Francisco-area home of supporter and venture capitalist Steve Westly, which he attended before flying to LA.
Obama commented two days after billionaire businessman Donald Trump rode that wave of voter anger at traditional politicians to a commanding win in New Hampshire’s Republican presidential primary. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders did the same in the state’s Democratic primary, trouncing longtime front-runner Hillary Clinton by double digits.
Been a while: Obama was last in the studio with Ellen in 2007 (picture) when he was campaigning for president
Obama said the country is in ‘an interesting political moment’ and that it’s still early in the process for choosing the presidential nominees.
He said ‘what is true is that people are anxious’ despite the progress that’s been made since he took office seven years ago.
Obama said people remember the dire economic straits the country faced at the dawn of his presidency, when the economy shed hundreds of thousands of jobs and people were losing their homes and retirement savings. He said people are concerned about income inequality and laboring under a political system they believe works against their interests.
President Barack Obama waves to the crowd before he boards Air Force One at Moffett Federal Airfield
Obama is traveling Los Angeles to tape an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and attend a pair of private Democratice fundraisers later today
President Barack Obama holds three-month-old Charlie Allsup as he meets with the crowd at Moffett Federal Airfield on Thursday
President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One at Moffett Federal Airfield on Wednesday February 10, 2016
‘That concern is expressing itself in the Republican Party as well as in the Democratic Party and we have to listen to that,’ Obama told several hundred people gathered in the sloping backyard of Westly’s home in Atherton, California.
‘Because when people are scared, strange things can happen in politics.’
‘We can get a politics that’s not about bringing people together.’
He said the country never moves forward ‘when it’s based on us and them. It moves forward when it’s based on us. Period.’
Obama was raising money for his fellow Democrats at four California fundraisers on Thursday, including a private event benefiting the campaign arm for Democratic Senate candidates.