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Who in the White House is a TMZ Leaker?

Pres. Obama with Barbara Walters on ‘The View’ in July, 2010

TMZ has a story up about Barbara Walters‘ interview with Pres. Obama this afternoon.

Barbara just finished interviewing the Prez at the White House. According to the source, during a break in the action, Barbara leaned over to Obama and said, “I need one more interview with you because I’m retiring next year.” Here’s the thing .. Barbara’s mic was open when she said it, and lots of people were listening.

Turns out Walters is not retiring — probably not ever — but rather it’s her way of booking an interview, even the Commander in Chief.

“Barbara has joked that she is retiring every year since the Clinton Administration,” ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider tells TMZ. “Anyone who just did a day trip to Syria, a 90-minute prime time special and an interview with the President and First Lady hardly sounds like someone retiring from anything.”

Walters’ interview with the president airs tonight on “World News” and “Nightline,” with more airing on her annual Christmas special at the White House, next Friday, Dec 23, 10 pm on “20/20.”

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