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Prince Harry’s funny, rapid-fire interview of Barack Obama

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Former President Barack Obama and Prince Harry’s growing “bromance” is well known on both sides of the Atlantic by now. It could be the source of international intrigue if, as has been reported, Prince Harry would rather invite the Obamas instead of Donald Trump to his royal wedding to Meghan Markle in the spring of 2018.

Prince Harry’s admiration of Obama is strikingly obvious and he exhibited nervousness before interviewing the 44th commander-in-chief for BBC which aired on Wednesday.

Princess Diana’s youngest son soon settled down as he immersed himself in the 40-minute interview that featured a battery of rapid-fire questions in which Harry asked Obama to choose between two options, such as: does Obama prefer gum over cigarettes; the Queen of England over the band Queen; and Michael Jordan over LeBron James.

When Harry asked Obama to choose between “The Good Wife” or “Suits,” the former president was sure to pick the show that propelled Harry’s fiance, Meghan Markle, to fame.

“’Suits,’ obviously,” Obama said.

Great, great, great answer,” Harry replied.

Obama did get stumped on one choice: Chris Rock or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

That’s an interesting question. I like them both,” he said.

There was one invasive question Obama refused to answer: boxers or briefs.

Sorry we don’t answer those questions,” Obama said, getting Prince Harry to laugh at his response.

The interview turned serious when Prince Harry veered into Obama’s post-presidential life.

Since leaving office, Obama said, he has more control of his schedule, which he thoroughly enjoys. But that doesn’t mean he’s stopped caring or trying to improve the country.

I still care about making sure that the United States and the world is a place where kids get a decent education. Where people who are willing to work hard are able to find a job that pays a living wage. That we’re conserving the amazing resources of our planet so that future generations can enjoy the beauty of this place. Like we did,” Obama said.

He was also able to take obvious swipes at the 45th president without mentioning his successor by name.

One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases,” Obama said. The question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn’t lead to a Balkanization of society and allows ways of finding common ground.”

Even though he didn’t point out anyone specifically, it’s impossible to see a social media smack-down and not think of the 45th president’s uncontrollable Twitter fingers.