Photo Essay

  • MSNBC's Chris Matthews before his Hardball interview with President Obama at American University in Washington DC, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • Secret Service dog at American University in Washington DC keeping an eye on all attendees as they arrive to watch MSNBC's Chris Matthews interview President Obama, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • MSNBC's Chris Matthews prepares for his interview with President Obama at American University in Washington DC, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • Chris Matthew's teleprompter at American University in Washington DC, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • President Obama walks on stage for his interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews at American University in Washington DC, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • MSNBC's Chris Matthews during his interview with President Obama at American University in Washington DC, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • President Obama answers questions during his interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews at American University in Washington DC, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • MSNBC's Chris Matthews and President Obama during an interview at American University in Washington DC, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • The audience at American University watch President Obama and MSNBC's Chris Matthews during a Hardball interview, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • President Obama and MSNBC's Chris Matthews during a Hardball interview at American University in Washington DC, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • President Obama answers questions during his interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews at American University in Washington DC, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • American University student Deon Jones asks a question during an interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews at American University in Washington DC, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • MSNBC's Chris Matthews and President Obama during an interview at American University in Washington DC, Dec. 5, 2013.
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Behind the Scenes with Chris Matthews and Barack Obama

Hardball host Chris Matthews sat down with President Barack Obama for an exclusive interview at American University in Washington D.C. on Thursday, Dec. 5.  Photographer Charles Ommanney was there to document it for msnbc; here’s a look behind the scenes at their candid and engaging dicussion.