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WTF: Obama Hanging With Comedian Marc Maron In His Garage [Photos]

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President Barack Obama may have just left town for San Francisco, but not before he brought the Obamajam circus to Highland Park today for a podcast interview with comedian Marc Maron.

While Maron has interviewed hundreds of entertainers over the years for his show, "WTF With Marc Maron," Obama easily stands out as the most high-profile guest to drop by the garage studio. Just a few blocks from where Obama attended Occidental College, the president sat down with Maron for about an hour-long interview, according to the N.Y Times. When asked what it's like to have the President of the United States just pop by your house, Maron offered this great description:

Dude. Yes. It was no simple process. Secret Service checked the parameters. Yesterday, they put a tent up that ran the length of my driveway, all the way behind my house to the garage. Today they came and put a tent over where the car was going to pull in. There were like 40 Secret Service people here. There were snipers on my neighbor’s roof. A sniper on my garage roof. They had L.A.P.D. all around the perimeter of the house. They have a protocol that occurs. And it was occurring in my house. Now everyone in the world knows where I live, O.K. And apparently the streets were lined with people for the motorcade. I was focusing on just dealing with the situation at hand and trying to have a personal conversation with the president in the midst of this.
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And while we have to wait until Monday to hear what the two men discussed, we do have the pleasure of enjoying these great photos of Obama and Maron having a chat, as well as a very presidential coffee cup that was left behind.