Anna Kendrick: I Insulted the President to His Face

The actor recalls her amusing encounter with Obama
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2018 12:10 PM CDT
This image released by Lionsgate shows Anna Kendrick in a scene from "A Simple Favor."   (Peter Iovino/Lionsgate via AP)
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(Newser) – Anna Kendrick told a surprisingly off-color story on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Friday about an encounter with President Obama, TooFab reports. Asked by the host to explain a photo of Obama doubled over with laughter while shaking her hand, the A Simple Plan actor explained: "I got an email saying, 'Hey, do you want to meet the president?'" she says. "Naturally, I said, 'Of what?' and they were like, 'The country, you idiot.'" So Kendrick attended an LA meet-and-greet with around 30 people when Obama, giving a talk, praised her 2009 film Up in the Air for dealing with the US recession, reports Mashable. "I was like, 'This such an inconvenient time to be having a full stroke, which is obviously what's happening,'" says Kendrick.

Shaking Kendrick's hand later and having a photo taken, the president said, "I hope I didn't embarrass you earlier." Recalls Kendrick: "I was like, 'Yeah, you're such an ***hole.' He kind of laughs and he says, 'Oh and you're from Maine, aren't you?' .... I said, 'Yes, and actually I was the first person here.' And he goes, 'Are people from Maine really punctual?' And I was like, 'You didn't know that? You're the president.'" (Read more President Obama stories.)

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