President Barack Obama put new meaning to the cliche "wide-ranging interview" while speaking with DJ Laz of Miami Latin station Romance 106.7 FM Tuesday morning.
"DJ Laz!" said Obama.
"O-BAMA" said DJ Laz back, who is also known as the Pimp with the Limp.
When asked how he was, Obama said, "Blessed and highly favored."
When Laz said that it was an honor to have Obama on, Obama replied, "I’m the one who should be humbled. You’re big time. You’ve got Pitbull and Flo Rida and all these guys just beating a path to your door. And so I’m hoping I can get a little of that magic from you in this interview."
Obama wasn't too pleased when Laz said he was wearing a Dolphins jersey. "You gotta start with that Dolphins thing. Did you see that HBO special Hard Knocks? That’s a pretty good show. As I recall, you guys didn’t win any … in the preseason," he said.
The friendly exchange set the tone for the rest of the interview, in which Obama made a standard case for his reelection.
Obama gave a long defense on Medicare and attacked the Romney/Ryan ticket for ending "Medicare as we know it."
"My Cuban-American parents would not be happy about that!" replied Laz.
Obama also said he wanted comprehensive immigration reform during his discussion on the Latin station, making a jab at GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for saying he would he would encourage unauthorized immigrants to "self-deport" and for threatening to veto the Dream Act, a bill to help young undocumented people.
Obama said he gets "so frustrated" with those remarks.
"That's not who we are," Obama said, repeating DJ Laz when he said "that's not the American way."
"They're American," DJ Laz added. Obama responded, "Yeah."
The White House press corps in Washington has griped that Obama does not spend enough time speaking to its reporters, instead going to non-news outlets like swing-state radio stations, Entertainment Tonight and People magazine.
Elise Foley contributed reporting.
CORRECTION: Because of a transcription error, this article originally misidentified how President Obama replied to the host about how he was doing. He said he was "blessed and highly favored."
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