Obama on Letterman

  • Article by: DEAN SPIROS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 20, 2012 - 8:45 PM

Appearance doesn't reinforce respect for women.

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fursideSep. 20, 12 8:54 PM

Every time I see Obama I am impressed with the clear-headedness, brilliance and kindness of this fellow. Eastwood illustrated perfectly the reason that Obama is not up by 80% points. #0% of Tea-publicans hate a fictional Obama. He is just a man; but an exceptional one and he is on the side of America and Americans and is not against the trust fund babies like Romney. He just realizes that they are in the way of the 99% of us to get this country going again. A Democratic sweep would be the way to get this country going and promote true opportunity and freedom. Vote Democratic for the future.

goferfanzSep. 20, 12 9:31 PM

"Vote Democratic for the future."............ Yes, that worked so well in 2009-10, didnt it? How could anybody possibly view him as "brilliant" when he doesnt see the exploding national debt as a short term problem (his added 6 T in 4 years might be his faux reasoning) and then Letterman outdoes all the MSM talking newsheads in revealing--->our President couldnt even answer what the federal debt is. Scary.......

gandalf48Sep. 20, 12 9:47 PM

Yeah, that was the best part...not knowing how much debt we have accumulated. The media castrated HW Bush for not knowing the price of a gallon of milk yet they say nothing about the current president not knowing the total debt level of this nation (especially since this is the highest debt vs GDP ratio since WW2). Thanks again media.

arielbenderSep. 20, 1210:36 PM

goferfanzSep. 20, 12 9:31 PM "Vote Democratic for the future."............ Yes, that worked so well in 2009-10, didnt it?_________Yeah, actually it did. Especially coming after the disaster of 2000-2008. He's going to be even better during his next term.

pumiceSep. 20, 1210:41 PM

Back to the topic of the commentary: What reinforces respect for women is elevating economic justice to the highest priority, making economic justice the number one item on one's legislative agenda. Signing the Lilly Ledbetter Act reinforced respect for women more than turning down an invitation from David Letterman. Nominating Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court reinforced respect for women more than boycotting David Letterman's appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors. Appointing Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State reinforced respect for women more than publicly rebuking a celebrity for moral shortcomings. And overseeing one's daughters' homework reinforces respect for their capabilities more than shooting hoops with them, Dean Spiros.

gardengurlSep. 21, 12 5:39 AM

Very well said, Pumice.

whallingSep. 21, 12 7:20 AM

Obama appeared on the Letterman Show recently. Letterman and Obama got a few laughs and then Letterman asked the only serious question "Mr. President, America has $16 trillion in debt, how much was the debt when you were elected?" Obama said, "well I don't remember precisely what the amount was". He then went on to say that the debt is not a problem short term but could be a problem in the long term. What???? How could anyone, much less our President, say that? He says the highest debt in our nations history is not a problem in the short term? It must follow that Obama would say the annual deficits over a trillion dollars during his term are not a problem and the first credit downgrades to America in history are not a problem. How can a President sit there and lie to us. However, Obama is an excellent word parser like Bill Clinton and maybe what he meant by "short term" was until the end of the week. This man is an empty suit and is endangering the future of our nation.

goferfanzSep. 21, 12 7:42 AM

""""Mr. President, America has $16 trillion in debt, how much was the debt when you were elected?"""...........No, you would do well to review the youtube video. The debt discussion takes place from the 5-7 minute mark. It all starts with Dave talking about the zooming GOP convention "debt clock," and Dave first cites several trillion as a number. No correction given to Dave at that time.......Owebama then explains what was done by his administration, and then uses the work "NOW" to describe what must be done to deficit now. At about 6:40 letterman asks what the actual number was, "10 trillion?"--again referring back to the convention as Obama never gave any specifics. Letterman then asks if citizens should NOW worry about our debt, again = the here and now. Obama couldnt cite the debt number which is beyond scary. 16 trillion never came up, or please cite the time frame of video if you have it ;o) An interview worthy of 60 minutes, but sadly relegated to late-night TV.

oldsterSep. 21, 12 8:21 AM

What a cheap shot! Will Spiros now be writing a column chiding Mitt Romney for taking contributions from a billionaire who has a taste for poolside orgies? And to those complainers about the deficit--what happened to the Dick Cheney mantra "deficits don't matter"--or is that only when a Republican is president?

pumiceSep. 21, 12 8:51 AM

Re: "At about 6:40 letterman asks what the actual number was, '10 trillion?'" See whalling's 7:20 a.m. comment, goferfanz, for an explanation of Letterman's question. Hint: "was" refers back to Jan. 20, 2009, NOT back to the DNC Convention. Too bad whalling didn't listen as closely to the reasoning that low interest rates make the debt less of a problem in the short-term than in the mid- and long-term. In the short-term. Practically speaking, the US is in a "zero interest" car-loan-rate era. Also unfortunate is whalling's short-term memory lapse; s/he's forgotten who was responsible for the USA's credit downgrade.


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