President Barack Obama taped an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman this afternoon of which will be aired later tonight. But for those impatient politicos who can’t wait a few more hours: bits of the interview have already been released (see video below).
Now, there’s a few interesting tidbits about this particular interview. To start, as I was surprised to learn, this will be the first appearance ever of a sitting President on the Late Show. Which just goes to show the lengths at which the President is currently going to, to see his big domestic policy initiative (Health Care) make its way through Congress. After all, just yesterday Obama appeared on five separate Sunday morning talk shows to talk health care, not to mention his health care address to the nation before both Houses earlier this month. All of which spells out rather succinctly: Obama wants to pass health care. (To which I say: great!)
However, health care reform wasn’t the only topic discussed during the 40-minute interview. Obama also talked about the economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as his family life. Oh and race too. After Letterman brought up former President Carter’s recent comment – to paraphrase: that current opposition to Obama’s health care plans are based in race – Obama replied, deadpan and without missing a beat, “It’s important to realize that I was actually black before the election.” To which Letterman responded, “How long have you been a black man?”
Funny stuff. Anyway, here’s the Top 10 for the night:
Top Ten Reasons Why President Obama Agreed To Appear On The Show
10. Heard the lady with the heart-shaped potato was gonna be here.
9. Thought it would be fun to watch someone else get heckled.
8. Something to do with that whole cash for clunkers deal.
7. Every president since Teddy Roosevelt has done it.
6. Someone offers you 600 bucks you take it ladies and gentlemen.
5. We told him Megan Fox would be here.
4. Needed some time to hang out before check in time at his hotel.
3. I have no idea.
2. Said yes, without thinking, like Bush did with Iraq.
1. Wanted to congratulate Dave on the big Emmy win.
(Note: Letterman lost the Emmy to John Stewart of the Daily Show. Wah-Wah.)