Meryl Streep Admits Obama Made A Major Mistake In His New Memoir: ‘He’s A Great Writer But His Memory Is…’

Meryl Streep called out former President Barack Obama, claiming his memory is not the clearest, according to Fox News.

Stephen Colbert joked, “I’m not in the damn book, but you’re in the book. He’s talking about artists and entertainers and the cultural hub they wanted the White House to be. He mentions, ‘Meryl Streep so softly recited in Mandarin the song about clouds that she learned for a part years ago.”

Streep admitted that she has not read the Memoir Obama recently published called, “A Promised Land.”

“I do remember that moment, but he got the story a little bit wrong. He’s a very good writer but his memory is…,”

“It was a cultural kind of exchange thing. I went with Yo-Yo Ma and a bunch of performers and we were to be in the great, big nest stadium with 7,000 people. We were going to do a concert,” Streep explained, adding that the poem she read aloud is “a famous fourth-century Chinese poem everyone knows.”

“This was a very important person with her 40-person entourage. I had learned the poem in Mandarin and Yo-Yo Ma would weave in his music in-between. We practiced this, but in Chinese, the same word can be translated as a completely different thing.”

“I meant to start up in Mandarin and I just looked up at [Yo Yo Ma] and smiled. And he went cross-eyed and kind of finished up and then we both bowed. Because of his artistry, it was a wonderful moment. People loved it.”

Streep recited the poem in English and in Mandarin.

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Colbert said, “Thank you. We rarely get Mandarin poetry in late-night these days.”

Streep said, “Yes, but since one in five people on the face of the Earth is Chinese, they will know now that I have just said something horrible probably. It’s an international incident!”

Obama previously admitted that he did make a mistake in his new book sharing that he did not honor Dolly Parton with the Presidential Medal of Freedom because he thought she already had one.

“That’s a mistake. I’m shocked.”

“Actually, that was a screwup. I’m surprised. I think I assumed that she had already gotten one, and that was incorrect.”

“She deserves one. I’ll call Biden,” Obama said.

More from Fox News:

Streep, who confessed she has not yet read Obama’s record-breaking memoir, admitted the former Democratic president’s retelling wasn’t exactly spot-on.

Streep explained it was not a song, but a poem she recited during a trip to Beijing with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. And it turns out, the duo’s performance — Streep was tasked to recite the poem while Yo Yo Ma played music behind her words — was nerve-wracking for a number of reasons.

Streep planned to recite the poem in both English and Mandarin. However, she was “terrified” upon learning the cultural prime minister at the time was coming.

Ultimately, when it came time for her to recite the poem in Mandarin, she sort of froze on stage.

To appease Colbert, Streep then recited the poem in English and in Mandarin.

The star is the lead of a new HBO Max show titled “Let Them All Talk,” to be released Dec. 10.


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