President Obama’s interview on the Late Show

President Obama’s interview on the Late Show

US President Barack Obama made an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman last night – the first time a US President has appeared on the programme whilst still in office. When the President came out onto the stage he was greeted by a standing ovation (as seen in this clip on the BBC News website).

Obama discussed the financial crisis saying “we’re not going to recover overnight”. He mostly spoke about the health care reform programme and when asked if people’s objections to it were racist views, he said “I was actually black before the election” and “one of the things you sign up for in politics is that folks yell at you”. Security was tight at the Ed Sullivan Theatre – Dave joked the security was “tighter than Joan Rivers’ face”. At one point during his appearance he accepted a heart-shaped potato from an audience member.

The Guardian – “‘I was black before the election’ Obama tells David Letterman”
The Independent – “Letterman gets to the heart of it all”

Clip of the Barack Obama interview;

Web exclusive Top Ten list (this was cut from the TV broadcast last night);

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