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On Letterman, Obama Gets a Potato to Remember

By Michael D. Shear
President Obama extended his media blitzkrieg into late-night television Monday, becoming the first sitting commander in chief to appear on the "Late Show" with host David Letterman. Obama was the only guest of the night.

Why would he agree to do Letterman? That question formed the basis for Letterman's famous Top Ten list.

Among the answers Letterman tried out: " Something to do with that whole cash for clunkers deal" and "We told him Megan Fox would be here." And, of course, because he "Said yes, without thinking, like Bush did with Iraq."

But the number one answer, spoken with a tinge of bitterness, was: "Wanted to congratulate Dave on the big Emmy win." Letterman saw the Emmy go -- again -- to Comedy Central's Jon Stewart.

Obama's appearance on the show was largely serious. Letterman asked serious questions about Afghanistan, the economy and the battle over health care. Is it true, he asked Obama, much like the hosts of the Sunday morning news programs did, that racism fuels the hatred against him?

On the Sunday shows, Obama was thoughtful, reflective and serious. With that same face and cadence, the president offered Letterman his thoughts.

"First of all, I think it's important to realize that i was actually black before the election," he deadpanned, cracking up the packed studio audience for the 4 p.m. taping of the show.

"How long have you been a black man?" Letterman chimed in.

Obama used the evening to connect with Letterman's viewers, telling them that his administration is working hard to fix the economy, get the right strategy for winning the war in Afghanistan and put people back to work.

But the star of the show might not have been the president. Instead, an audience member from Missouri named Mary Apple became the funny moment of the night. Before Obama arrived, Letterman had made fun of Apple for bringing a heart-shaped potato with her -- the same wrinkly one that she had brought to the show two years earlier.

"The main reason I'm here -- not any of those top ten lists -- I want to see that heart shaped potato," Obama said when he came out.

That prompted Letterman to walk over to the front of the audience and motion to the woman from Missouri to throw him the potato. He then walked back with it to Obama and gave it to him.

"This is remarkable. Thank you. What's your name? Mary? Is your real name Mary Apple?" he said, laughing. "And you carry heart shaped potatoes around? Well thank you so much for sharing."

Letterman knew just what to do next, turning to the audience member and saying, "Mary, I think it would be a nice gift and a great way to put an end to this nonsense if you just gave it to the president. Do you mind?"

"For me?" Obama asked as Apple nodded her head.

"Yes, it's all yours, congratulations," Letterman said as Obama slid the potato into his pocket. "If only the job was this easy."

Posted at 7:43 PM ET on Sep 21, 2009  | Category:  Media Notes
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Unfortunately, I had better things to do than watch hussein do his comedy routine on letterman.

So, can anybody tell me whether hussein joined letterman in doing more cruel and mindless jokes about Sarah Palin's children - that the loony-left loves so much?

Posted by: LoonyLeft | September 22, 2009 1:54 PM

Yep, ole' Dave gave him the hard questions alright. I was, however, waiting for the one about how Obama is throwing his blind brother Gov. David Patterson under the bus for the next election.

That's the genuine kumbaya. I guess Hillry was thinking about resigning as secretary of state to run for governor against Patterson. Maybe Obama sees this as his best chance to get her and Bill out of his hair. She can be queen of sheeba for New York state and Obama can bring Oprah to the White House to take her place. LOL. what a sitcom.

Posted by: jimbob3 | September 22, 2009 10:28 AM

This A hole needs to stay in the office and get something done for the American people. Getting his ugly flop eared mug on television, and promoting himself isn't cutting it.
The dumbo is an incompetent leftist jerk, who has no accomplishments. Exactly what people were trying to tell you class envy dolts before the election, but you wouldn't listen.

Posted by: LarryG62
=============================================
Larry G62, you must be a juvenile pre-teen, trying to impress the other 8th graders. Your parents must be very proud of your potty-mouth.

Posted by: alamo2 | September 22, 2009 10:07 AM

This A hole needs to stay in the office and get something done for the American people. Getting his ugly flop eared mug on television, and promoting himself isn't cutting it.
The dumbo is an incompetent leftist jerk, who has no accomplishments. Exactly what people were trying to tell you class envy dolts before the election, but you wouldn't listen.

Posted by: LarryG62 | September 22, 2009 10:01 AM

douglasbar1-

I assume the answer you are looking for is Obama. He was both a cocaine user and a pot smoker.

As for Obama, why is he in New York yukking it up with Dave and headed to Los Angeles to pal around with Jay when the Southeast is flooding at record rates?

How can it be that the same people who blamed Hurricane Katrina on Bush are giving Obama a pass? Twenty dead already, flooding exceeding record rates, yet nothing from the media.

Posted by: jimbo561 | September 22, 2009 9:32 AM

'Obama takes on Letterman'

oh brother.

A testimony of how liberals twist things away from the truth. It was a love-in, far from a take-on.

Is it any wonder liberal rags and press are in the garbage pail?

Got some real winners writing for you, WP. Great journalism there, WP..........................NOT!

Posted by: TOTE | September 22, 2009 8:58 AM

Obama taking on Letterman? Come on, that's one extreme left wing socialist taking on an almost equally extreme one. Call it a love match with a real kiss and tell.............

Posted by: GordonShumway | September 22, 2009 8:11 AM

So much ego,sleaze and arrogance on one small stage! How do they do it?

Posted by: carlbatey | September 22, 2009 12:45 AM

Seemed Argument was about Hon Obama esq citizenship if listen to quips spoken under guarded breath. when banter started david letterman asked HOW to black person & Jon Obama esq stated: i'm blackman whom made myself black. its Hiwian Birth certificate question, due to statutory law that allows forgein born non citizens to trade original birth certificate for new hiwaian birth certificate. worse is Acorn mess. Acorn is rube about corns that state patrol officers wear, so A Corn or non corn? well heres startling details:
Only one of the five television networks that interviewed President Obama for their Sunday shows bothered to ask him about Acorn, the left-wing community organizing group whose federal funding was cut off last week by an overwhelming vote in Congress.

"Frankly, it's not something I've followed closely," Mr. Obama claimed, adding he wasn't even aware the group had been the recipient of significant federal funding. "This is not the biggest issue facing the country. It's not something I'm paying a lot of attention to," he said.

Mr. Obama added that an investigation of Acorn was appropriate after an amateur hidden-camera investigation had found Acorn offices willing to abet prostitution, but he carefully declined to say whether he would approve a federal cutoff of funds to the group.

Mr. Obama took great pains to act as if he barely knew about Acorn. In fact, his association goes back almost 20 years. In 1991, he took time off from his law firm to run a voter-registration drive for Project Vote, an Acorn partner that was soon fully absorbed under the Acorn umbrella.

The drive registered 135,000 voters and was considered a major factor in the upset victory of Democrat Carol Moseley Braun over incumbent Democratic Senator Alan Dixon in the 1992 Democratic Senate primary.

Mr. Obama's success made him a hot commodity on the community organizing circuit. He became a top trainer at Acorn's Chicago conferences. In 1995, he became Acorn's attorney, participating in a landmark case to force the state of Illinois to implement the federal Motor Voter Law. That law's loose voter registration requirements would later be exploited by Acorn employees in an effort to flood voter rolls with fake names
Signed:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART von DRASHEK M.D.

Posted by: ThomasStewart1 | September 22, 2009 12:23 AM

i forgive the sham-wow guy. that girl bit him.

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 22, 2009 12:00 AM

Who knew? Glenn Beck and Larry Kudlow both spent a decade addicted to cocaine (which was only possible based on above average incomes), and both emerged from the experience the way they entered it: as rock-ribbed Republicans.

Can you name a major Democratic economist or a major popularizer of Democratic talking points who spent a decade addicted to cocaine? Can you name one who spent a decade addicted to cocaine after 15 years of heavy marijuana use?

Just askin'.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 11:57 PM

Obama is taking over for Billy Mays and the Sham-Wow guy.

Posted by: grunk | September 21, 2009 11:54 PM

Pollster Dates N/Pop Approve Disapprove Undecided
CNN 9/11-13/09 1012 A 58 40 2
Bloomberg 9/10-14/09 1004 A 56 37 7
Anzalone-Liszt (D-AUFC) 9/10-11/09 801 LV 56 41 3
Pew 9/10-15/09 1006 A 55 33 13
FOX 9/15-16/09 900 RV 54 39 8
USA Today/Gallup 9/11-13/09 1030 A 54 43 -
ABC/Post 9/10-12/09 1007 A 54 43 3
Gallup 9/18-20/09 1500 A 53 40 -
Democracy Corps (D) 9/12-16/09 1200 LV 52 41 7
Gallup 9/12-14/09 1500 A 52 41 -
Gallup 9/15-17/09 1500 A 51 42 -
Rasmussen 9/15-17/09 1500 LV 48 51 -

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 11:52 PM

Rasmussen would have to be right once to become a credible source of anything.

Look at the polls that they had a few days prior to the last two election cycles and the result.

In a line-up of polls, rasmussen is always an outlyer to the low side. Or, it consistantly produces a negative T-Stat.

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 11:48 PM

What does your insurance company provide to you that is different than another insurance company?

Example:

Airlines sell exactly the same product, except for service. Therefore, since deregulation, airlines have no return on investment.

health insurance is the same. Insuresers provide no service to the customers. They diagnose nothing, suggest nothing, deliver nothing.

There product is profit to shareholders!

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 11:45 PM

bob59 wrote, "Doug, "executed" is your word. The word that came to your mind when considering Obama's DeathCare."

Bob, it may be my word, but I'm confident it's what Palinites mean when discussing "death panels".

Are you ashamed to stand for the clear meaning of your words?

I was taught in algebra class to reduce things that look complicated to simple things, when there's no reason not to.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 11:43 PM

bob59

I live in CT. There is no slipage here, or MA, VT, NH, or NY.

As to the terms Myth:

Obama won on a 52% margin, to a 46% oponent
This poll had zero error and a sampling of over 100 million.

given no adjustments for a sampling poll, his approval has not fallen below 50

but the GOP's numbers have plumbed new lows

I think the shoe is on the other foot!

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 11:17 PM
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spartacus7502, Your statements are easy to debunk. First, you're quoting old statistics. Obama's fallen below 50%, a lower rating than George Bush at the same time in his presidency. Obama's less popular than George Bush.

Obama's current approval index is minus 8.

For anyone interested in Obama's approval ratings, here's a link:

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 11:40 PM

The current market is fractured. A 1/3 are insured by the government through some program, 1/3 have private insurance, and a 1/3 are uninsured.

To maximize returns the insurance industry covers those that are least likely to need service. This pushes the other 2/3 towards the government, the taxpayers, and hospitals cover these costs.

Those costs are past back to the 1/3 that are privately insured as higher fees for services.

This market is broken!

And the fundamental reason is.....insurance companies add no value! They have a product that resembles a bank bill payment system. There value is only to there shareholders!

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 11:39 PM

Doug, "executed" is your word. The word that came to your mind when considering Obama's DeathCare.

The elderly are very well-informed about what Obama plans for them, and for that reason don't trust Obama. They have good reason backed by facts.

bob59, if I understand your health care arguments, you believe that minimum wage workers and retirees would be executed under the sort of health care plan the President advocates.

It's good to lay that right out, so people can see it, and laugh at the notion that this is what the Democratic party stands for.

Republicans fought Medicare tooth and nail. Perhaps you don't recall.

It was former Senate Majority Leader President Lyndon Baines Johnson who got retirees government health care when no one else had it, on a wave of sympathy following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It was passed over virulent Republican opposition.

I'm not aware of Medicare executing grannies.

In fact it seems that some of your crowd has taught old people to say to the government, "Keep your hands off my medicare".

::::laughing:::::::

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 11:21 PM

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 11:34 PM

medicare Part D is waste, and revising around outcome insentivised Medicine is a win win.

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 11:33 PM

spartacus7502, I don't agree with any party trying to block Medicare. Obama is trying end Medicare...doesn't that bother you? Or is everything partisan?

bob59

The GOP voted as a block to end Medicare this year, in the 2009 GOP Budget!

Every chance that they get to strip security from the elderly, or seprate them from the protections of the government, the GOP take it.

Remeber the Social Security Privatisation proposal. Let the public give there money directly to wall street.

Dude! We have not forgotten how you tried to stick our heads in a lions cage!

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 11:22 PM

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 11:30 PM

bob59, did I call you a name?

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 11:29 PM

bob59

The GOP voted as a block to end Medicare this year, in the 2009 GOP Budget!

Every chance that they get to strip security from the elderly, or seprate them from the protections of the government, the GOP take it.

Remeber the Social Security Privatisation proposal. Let the public give there money directly to wall street.

Dude! We have not forgotten how you tried to stick our heads in a lions cage!

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 11:22 PM

bob59, if I understand your health care arguments, you believe that minimum wage workers and retirees would be executed under the sort of health care plan the President advocates.

It's good to lay that right out, so people can see it, and laugh at the notion that this is what the Democratic party stands for.

Republicans fought Medicare tooth and nail. Perhaps you don't recall.

It was former Senate Majority Leader President Lyndon Baines Johnson who got retirees government health care when no one else had it, on a wave of sympathy following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It was passed over virulent Republican opposition.

I'm not aware of Medicare executing grannies.

In fact it seems that some of your crowd has taught old people to say to the government, "Keep your hands off my medicare".

::::laughing:::::::

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 11:21 PM

bob59

I live in CT. There is no slipage here, or MA, VT, NH, or NY.

As to the terms Myth:

Obama won on a 52% margin, to a 46% oponent
This poll had zero error and a sampling of over 100 million.

given no adjustments for a sampling poll, his approval has not fallen below 50

but the GOP's numbers have plumbed new lows

I think the shoe is on the other foot!

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 11:17 PM

spartacus7502,

Most elderly don't have jobs, and would be denied or rationed health care by Obama's takeover. Panels denying or rationing care function as Death Panels. The elderly know the truth, and reject Obama and his plan.

Obama wants to end Medicare, a system that allows a private supplemental so the elderly can get first class treatment...the same as Obama currently has but wants to deny to others.

Obama has personally stepped on people's right to first class health care at any age.

bob59

All of your points are vapor.

The elderly have low paying jobs, deminished economic value and upside, but mysteriously Medicare and medicade keeps coming thru for them. Oww, and they are a direct draw on the government cofers, sucking on the SS T]t and all.

No Death Panels though.

But, its in the insurance companies interest to drop you @ss if you look like you might need a check or many. Thats a death panel.

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 11:05 PM

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 11:13 PM

i want a Tear Stained Constitution from Beck! I know he is going to start selling things on his show soon. No advertisers and all.

If he can figure a way to sell Nutrasystem meals for foodstamps, hes back in the money.

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 11:10 PM

Doug, you're falling back on name-calling. People don't respect name-calling or people who do it.


bob59 wrote:

"I'll explain it slowly:

"1) present situation of a worker being a low-wage earner.

"2) what Obama's Death Panels will do ("look at the economic value of each person").

"3) result for a low-wage earner: "low-wage earners will be denied benefits more often than high-wage earners"

------------------------------------

Bob, I suspect that educators at every level of education you survived have given you failing or barely passing grades. Your arguments are unworthy of reply, though they are typical of Palin-admirers, teabaggers, and frustrated South Carolinian segregationists.

You have my sympathy. Unlike Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson, who have my respect.

And unlike President Barack Obama, who has my support.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 11:03 PM

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 11:09 PM

spartacus7502, You must hang out with a very selective crowd. I live in an extremely liberal area and have talked to many co-workers, acquaintances, friends and family who voted for Obama and now hate him. I'm overjoyed! Suck it up.

I don't know how you can call something a "myth" when you don't have the facts.

bob59

I have not run into anyone who voted for Obama, and has remoarse.

This is myth, repeated by the right. The voters who did not vote for him, and claimed they did after the election, because it was PC, now thats a different story.

You see, he is doing exactly what he said he would do. Why would we change our minds? Its all good for me!!

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 10:58 PM

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 11:07 PM

I like Barack. I voted for him, and I'm glad to see he's got the moxy to go on TV and stuff. Good guy, and I don't think I wasted my vote. If you think back on the competition, we could have had 'back in the Nam' McCain, 'Give the world a big cooky' Clinton, and 'convert the world to Mormonism' Romney. Instead, we got a guy that's functionally literate, widely supported, I think we did OK, I think 2008 was a good national effort to go through all the Candidates, read about them, and actually make something close to an informed decision. I was kind of leaning toward Ron Paul, but again I think we did well with Obama. 2012's not that far away, who's next? Start those campaigns NOW...if you don't like Barack, and what he's done, PROVE that you can do better. Ladies, gentlemen, start your fundraisers! Or at least gripe quietly. LOL

Posted by: walkerbert | September 21, 2009 11:05 PM

bob59

All of your points are vapor.

The elderly have low paying jobs, deminished economic value and upside, but mysteriously Medicare and medicade keeps coming thru for them. Oww, and they are a direct draw on the government cofers, sucking on the SS T]t and all.

No Death Panels though.

But, its in the insurance companies interest to drop you @ss if you look like you might need a check or many. Thats a death panel.

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 11:05 PM

bob59 wrote:

"I'll explain it slowly:

"1) present situation of a worker being a low-wage earner.

"2) what Obama's Death Panels will do ("look at the economic value of each person").

"3) result for a low-wage earner: "low-wage earners will be denied benefits more often than high-wage earners"

------------------------------------

Bob, I suspect that educators at every level of education you survived have given you failing or barely passing grades. Your arguments are unworthy of reply, though they are typical of Palin-admirers, teabaggers, and frustrated South Carolinian segregationists.

You have my sympathy. Unlike Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson, who have my respect.

And unlike President Barack Obama, who has my support.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 11:03 PM

looking at this comment forum, I see a lot of party of NO trolls and losers, saying anything to get noticed or hoping that someone will respond to their inane comments..looks like a who's who of bed-wetters and serial "non-masters of their domain"..cheer up guys, you still have eight years to spew your rubbish not to mention other liquids..

Posted by: ruraledcomm | September 21, 2009 11:00 PM

bob59

I have not run into anyone who voted for Obama, and has remoarse.

This is myth, repeated by the right. The voters who did not vote for him, and claimed they did after the election, because it was PC, now thats a different story.

You see, he is doing exactly what he said he would do. Why would we change our minds? Its all good for me!!

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 10:58 PM

I've long wanted to say "I'm Spartacus". Kirk Douglas was so fine in Paths of Glory and Stanley Kubrick is the closest thing my generation has to Shakespeare.

But in this case I must say "Go Spartacus!"

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 10:55 PM

You should be more concerned if you have a minimum wage job; Obama's Death Panels look at the economic value of each person, low-wage earners will be denied benefits more often than high-wage earners.

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 10:41 PM

Here you state a method as an ongoing practise, then talk about it as a possibility.

Thats Mental Illness!!

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 10:46 PM
--------------------------------------

I'll explain it slowly:

1) present situation of a worker being a low-wage earner.

2) what Obama's Death Panels will do ("look at the economic value of each person").

3) result for a low-wage earner: "low-wage earners will be denied benefits more often than high-wage earners"

4) I hope clearing things up allows you and Obama to get some sleep tonight.

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 10:55 PM

looking at this comment forum, I see a lot of party of NO trolls and losers, saying anything to get noticed or hoping that someone will respond to their inane comments..looks like a who's who of bed-wetters and serial "non-masters of their domain"..cheer up guys, you still have eight years to spew your rubbish not to mention other liquids..

Posted by: ruraledcomm | September 21, 2009 10:55 PM

I guess Letterman at one time wanted Bush on his show but Bush demanded that the audience be all right wing conservatives that agreed with everything Bush said. Also Bush demanded that nobody could wear shoes and wanted a banner up on stage declaring, "mission accomplished." Dave said no dice but we will bring Cheney on if we can water board him live on stage. Guess Cheney declined.

Posted by: kubrickstan | September 21, 2009 10:55 PM

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 10:48 PM

I travel a lot for work, and people outside the country laugh at the Beck channel.

Obama rocks outside the country.

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 10:51 PM

To Counterisk I'm sure you have never served your country in any way and your comment us being nazi's is a typical left wing remark!! Btw stupid Obama did not win the election by a landslide he won because of you and the other community organizers registering criminals and illegals.

Posted by: tedmark | September 21, 2009 10:48 PM

RE: bob59
Obama's numbers drop everyday because the American people are finally waking up and realizing the man is a fraud. Luckily some of my Democratic friends have seen the light. ......Europe is laughing at him on a daily basis and that is scary.

Posted by: tedmark | September 21, 2009 8:13 PM

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 10:32 PM
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I'm hearing the same thing. Many Democrats voted for Obama, because they hated Bush. Now they have voters remorse, and hate Obama almost as much as Bush. We have at least fours years to talk politics and agree.

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 10:48 PM

Fact: President Barack Obama has given more interviews in his first eight months in office, than W did in almost eight years in office..
Fact: President Barack Obama is articulate, intelligent and has something to say..W choked on a pretzel!!..

Posted by: ruraledcomm | September 21, 2009 10:48 PM

bob59, why don't you show the people here what I typed incorrectly, and how you would edit it?

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 10:47 PM

You should be more concerned if you have a minimum wage job; Obama's Death Panels look at the economic value of each person, low-wage earners will be denied benefits more often than high-wage earners.

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 10:41 PM

Here you state a method as an ongoing practise, then talk about it as a possibility.

Thats Mental Illness!!

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 10:46 PM

In the 1930's, the "Glenn Beck" character was an anti-semitic Roman Catholic priest named Coughlin.

In the two thousand and aughts, we get a top 40 morning radio disk jockey.

Part 1 of 3 of a good bio of him at http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/09/21/glenn_beck/

Part 2 of 3 at http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/09/22/glenn_beck_two/

I wonder how many of his acolytes understand that he was a cocaine addict from age 30 to 40, and a heavy pot smoker from age 13 to 30?

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 10:44 PM

Well, bob59, eye doctor or not, one of your previous comments asserted that I'd omitted an opening or closing quotation mark, and you offered that as evidence that your inability to spell "Glenn Beck" wasn't really important.

I've not omitted any quotes. You made a typical Beckian argument - false on the face of it.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 10:38 PM
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Doug, when referring to something it should be quoted. Like, the "n's". My quote marks are referring to your comment.

I'm more concerned about the substance of your statements, I mean the lack of.

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 10:44 PM

bob59 asked, "What are the rumors & untruths? Please quote them."

Well, for starters, please tell us about how President Obama is going to set up death bureaucracies to kill grannies.

Leaving people who work minimum wage jobs without health insurance is a kind of life-and-death judgment. People with better jobs get health care and live. People with worse jobs, if they get sick, die much more often than, say, all those Wall Street people George W. Bush bailed out.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 10:32 PM
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Death Panels aren't a lie. Any socialized medical care system rations health care to its citizens. Panels determine who gets life saving care, and who doesn't. Those are the Death Panels; they don't exist in name, but they will exist under another name.

In our current private system, if an insurer tries to deny life-saving care, that can be challenged in court. In a government system, there's no appeal. If you have a minimum wage job you can go to a clinic or walk into any hospital and get the same care people with insurance receive.

You should be more concerned if you have a minimum wage job; Obama's Death Panels look at the economic value of each person, low-wage earners will be denied benefits more often than high-wage earners.

Bush wasn't the only one who bailed out Wall Street, Obama did the same thing. That was to prevent the collapse of the global financial system. Some of the bailouts weren't necessary. Did you know Obama's Treasury Secretary is the person who allowed the bonuses? He's a Wall Street regulator, the person who determined who got bail outs during Bush's administration and Obama's.

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 10:41 PM

Well, bob59, eye doctor or not, one of your previous comments asserted that I'd omitted an opening or closing quotation mark, and you offered that as evidence that your inability to spell "Glenn Beck" wasn't really important.

I've not omitted any quotes. You made a typical Beckian argument - false on the face of it.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 10:38 PM

Great photo of two A holes. Odumbo and dumber.
Contemptible leftist fools.

Posted by: LarryG62 | September 21, 2009 10:38 PM

Beck' voice must have a special reverberation inside trailers. That would explain the zomby-like following.

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 10:36 PM

Now thats funny!

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 21, 2009 10:38 PM

Beck' voice must have a special reverberation inside trailers. That would explain the zomby-like following.

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 10:36 PM

kls1 wrote, "Because of his strong need to tell me his politics instead of just entertain, I find Letterman unwatchable."

I've always found Letterman to be crude and boorish. I can't stand to watch him either.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 10:35 PM

Looks like Beck is vying his followers to fast and reflect on a Jewish Holy day. Dec 28th.

I think he is the new Reverend Wright. Beck is a Preacher!

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 10:34 PM


GLEN BECK FOR PULITIZER IN JOURNALISM!!!

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | September 21, 2009 10:16 PM

ChooseBestCandidate,
I know we live in Bizzaro World but you've got to be kidding.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 21, 2009 10:34 PM

Bob59, get your glasses checked.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 10:27 PM
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One of your more brilliant comments. I have an excellent opthamologist, she's also hot looking and single. With Obama's DeathCare you'll wait for months to get your 400 lb, 4ft tall, cross-dressing, impatient, sweaty, under-paid recent state college graduate. We'll all hear your scream when you put on your glasses. Tough luck!

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 10:33 PM

Obama is the bigest joke Letterman ever interviewed

Posted by: Imarkex | September 21, 2009 10:32 PM

bob59 asked, "What are the rumors & untruths? Please quote them."

Well, for starters, please tell us about how President Obama is going to set up death bureaucracies to kill grannies.

Leaving people who work minimum wage jobs without health insurance is a kind of life-and-death judgment. People with better jobs get health care and live. People with worse jobs, if they get sick, die much more often than, say, all those Wall Street people George W. Bush bailed out.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 10:32 PM

RE: bob59
Obama's numbers drop everyday because the American people are finally waking up and realizing the man is a fraud. Luckily some of my Democratic friends have seen the light. ......Europe is laughing at him on a daily basis and that is scary.

Posted by: tedmark | September 21, 2009 8:13 PM

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 10:32 PM

The difference between Letterman and Oboobma is that Letterman admits he's a boob.

The other difference is that Letterman's ratings are plummeting... Oh, wait... Not a difference!

When will Letterman have Buffy Wicks on?

Posted by: thebump | September 21, 2009 10:32 PM

Wait until the news break about glen beck

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 21, 2009 10:30 PM

Because of his strong need to tell me his politics instead of just entertain, I find Letterman unwatchable.

Posted by: kls1 | September 21, 2009 10:29 PM

CNN finally confronted fox news only after they were attacked. Its to bad that they waited this long to say fox news lies.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 21, 2009 10:28 PM

Bob59, get your glasses checked.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 10:27 PM

I see the Fair and balanced crowd also comes on this site, to repeat rumors and un-truths. The desperate wails of a shriveling party. Boiling down to a pure and unpalatable broth.

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 10:23 PM
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What are the rumors & untruths? Please quote them.

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 10:27 PM

There is nothing wrong with my thoughts, Miller - the problem and the indecency lies in the actions of your degenerate party.

All I did was call to attention your party's hypocrisy. When Letterman was making "jokes", you people were yukking it up. Smugly secure in the knowledge that the party of degeneracy owns the airwaves.

Now that someone suggest reciprocity in the "joke" telling - all of a sudden there is a call to arms over decency.

You vomit lickers wouldn't comprehend decency if it knocked you unconscious.

You are a party of cowardly, disgusting, lying, bottom feeders.

You represent them well.

It sure brought the pond scum up to the top, didn't it?

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | September 21, 2009 10:18 PM
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It's obvious you brought up Letterman's sick joke to expose the hypocrisy of the looney left. Why did they laugh so hard when the joke focused on Sarah Palin's young daughter? If it was such a funny joke, they should laugh at the expense of Obama's daughters. You brought up a very legitimate debate point the name-calling haters don't want people to think about.

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 10:25 PM

ChooseBestCandidate wrote, "as long as you prefer to make the problem someone else's there is no hope for you. personally i think its better to deal with facts and work from there. its a stronger place, imo."

Fascinating argument. Either I agree with you, or I'm wrong. I think I've seen that one before.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 10:24 PM

I see the Fair and balanced crowd also comes on this site, to repeat rumors and un-truths. The desperate wails of a shriveling party. Boiling down to a pure and unpalatable broth.

Posted by: spartacus7502 | September 21, 2009 10:23 PM

You are...how can I say this?...well-rehearsed.
Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 9:52 PM
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as long as you prefer to make the problem someone else's there is no hope for you. personally i think its better to deal with facts and work from there. its a stronger place, imo.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | September 21, 2009 10:21 PM

bob59 wrote, "Glen Beck is liked for his honesty and transparency. Obama is not trusted because he plays with the truth and hides his agenda."

Mmmm, I think Glenn (two n's) Beck is liked for his ability to appeal to the emotions of people whose grasp of the facts of history and the tenets of reason is tenuous at best.

Yes, I'll say it straight out.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 10:14 PM
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OK. Two "n's". You left out the "".

I disagree, Glenn Beck presents detailed proof of what he's saying. Anyone who watches Glenn Beck at 5 pm on Fox would know that.

So, tell it straight.

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 10:21 PM


Rev (God Damn America!) Wright, Resko, ACORN, Pfleger, Khalidi, Meeks, Lowery, Alinsky, MoveOn, Soros, Ayers, Davis, Gates, Tax Cheats, Black Liberation, Black Panthers, Communist Party, Marxists, Van Jones, Mark Lloyd, Radical Czars, Union Thugs, SEIU, Apollo Alliance, anti Constitutionalists, anti Capitalists, the angry bitter Michelle Obama, etc, etc....seems to be a common thread.

As Barry ACORN Soetoro has said..."Judge me by who I surround myself with"


OK.

Posted by: FraudObama | September 21, 2009 10:18 PM

There is nothing wrong with my thoughts, Miller - the problem and the indecency lies in the actions of your degenerate party.

All I did was call to attention your party's hypocrisy. When Letterman was making "jokes", you people were yukking it up. Smugly secure in the knowledge that the party of degeneracy owns the airwaves.

Now that someone suggest reciprocity in the "joke" telling - all of a sudden there is a call to arms over decency.

You vomit lickers wouldn't comprehend decency if it knocked you unconscious.

You are a party of cowardly, disgusting, lying, bottom feeders.

You represent them well.

It sure brought the pond scum up to the top, didn't it?

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | September 21, 2009 10:18 PM

GLEN BECK FOR PULITIZER IN JOURNALISM!!!

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | September 21, 2009 10:16 PM

Our President understands that in an era when Fox broadcasts are thought of, and actually taken in by many Americans as genuine "news" it makes sense to connect with the viewing public via their preferred media outlet - whatever that may be.

Go President Obama!

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HA!
and truth be dammed?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | September 21, 2009 10:15 PM

bob59 wrote, "Glen Beck is liked for his honesty and transparency. Obama is not trusted because he plays with the truth and hides his agenda."

Mmmm, I think Glenn (two n's) Beck is liked for his ability to appeal to the emotions of people whose grasp of the facts of history and the tenets of reason is tenuous at best.

Yes, I'll say it straight out.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 10:14 PM

Gotcha, you dummy!

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 21, 2009 10:13 PM

Ah,VirginiaConservative, - such thin skin, my friend! LOL

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 21, 2009 10:12 PM

Right, Miller. And where were you when Letterman was savaging Palin's daughter?

Back stage masturbating?

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | September 21, 2009 10:12 PM

Correction

VirginiaConservative,

Is their any decency in your thoughts about letterman and Obama's daughters. Now you're a HYPOCRITICAL jacksass.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 21, 2009 10:10 PM

Nice try Miller - but it is your party who are the degenerates.

Need proof? Do you really want to go there? Or do you want to log off your big sister's computer before she catches you and kicks your a$$ again?

Its in your court, loser. Give it your best shot.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | September 21, 2009 10:08 PM

And this is news? David Letterman is so NOT funny and Obhahama should be about the country's business instead of preening for the Left-Wing Wackos.

Posted by: atthun | September 21, 2009 10:07 PM

VirginiaConservative,

Is their any decency in your thoughts about letterman and Obama's daughters. Now you're a hyprocrital jacksass.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 21, 2009 10:07 PM

VirginiaConservative wrote:

"What you are missing is that Letterman's savage attack against Palin's underage daughter was no joke....They are dead serious about trashing morality, decency and America."

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What I'm missing here is when it became a badge of morality, decency and America for a religious fundamentalist to have a teenage daughter become pregnant.

Like it or not, one of the ways we evaluate adults is "how did their children come out?"

I'm also missing the part where quitting your job when you're the state's chief executive is a badge of distinction.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 10:07 PM

VirginiaConservative,
YOU, forget letterman, are talking about little girls. If you can't understand that than you're no better than him. Which makes you a classless Jackass.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 21, 2009 10:03 PM

What you are missing is that Letterman's savage attack against Palin's underage daughter was no joke. No more than ACORN offering to aid and abet underage sex slave human trafficking.


The left is doing nothing as a "joke."

They are dead serious about trashing morality, decency and America.

America is dead serious about stopping them.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | September 21, 2009 9:57 PM

Glen Beck is liked for his honesty and transparency. Obama is not trusted because he plays with the truth and hides his agenda.

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 9:53 PM

Ah, Miller - such thin skin, my friend! Al you leftists thought it was so brave, so sporting for Letterman to savage Sarah Palin. But, let someone raise the question of reciprocity - NOW we have tastelessness and hate.

How like the left.

So, how is that ACORN thing working out for you? Nay hope and change in the works?

Oh my - I just outed myself as a racist.

What shall I do?

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | September 21, 2009 9:52 PM

ChooseBestCandidate wrote:

"anyone else find it interesting how obama was so rehearsed on Sunday? i think the sunday blitz was a bad move. it solidified that obama is only pumped with a certain kind of infor for particular situations and if he deviates he is a disaster?

"seriously, is this why he MUST have the teleprompter and the blackberry? is there a medical problem with obama and his focus or attention span? his sundayBlitz robotics was to put it mildly, ODD."

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The oddest thing here is that you would find fault with the President for being "well-rehearsed". The other option is that he had shown up on national tv ill-prepared.

Of course I'm sure in that case you'd have said, "Obama fumbled his answers and seemed poorly prepared, therefor I think he's the greatest thing since sliced bread". Or not.

In fact, you've decided to run the man down whether he shows up "well-rehearsed" or "ill-prepared".

So why on earth should anyone take anything you say about President Obama with anything other than a grain of salt?

You are...how can I say this?...well-rehearsed.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 9:52 PM

Glen Beck, working on a network thats determine to undermine President Obama is one of the most prolific opportunist out here. He's making a huge profit for his self, his network, and his immigrant boss who was recently granted American citizenship, that he out lasted a racist comment that he made about President Obama. Rush seeing the same opportunity is now pushing a white kid being beaten on a bus by black kids story... Limbaugh who is running a close second to glen will sell his soul for money and first place. Now all we have to do is wait see what Hannity comes up with. Their fan based don't get it. It's all about "the benjamins." They could care less about the people. For them, "This Anger Isn't Just In Black And White," its about green. Now run and get the next book they put out.I think its glen's turn.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 21, 2009 9:50 PM

The haters should simply turn off the TV when Obama is on. That's what the rest of us did for the last 8 years.

Posted by: DemoDevil | September 21, 2009 9:49 PM

For all the mindless robots. If you think Fox News had your best interest at heart than why on a night when the President was to suppose to make his case, did fox news air "So You Think You Can Dance" instead. Was it a money thing or was healthcare not that important. I writing a book too. So don't buy glen's, rush's or hannity's. This one time buy my book. Its called, "Hoodwinked by a Fox NetworK" or do you like this one better, "Televison for Dancing Dummies On Medicare, A Socialist Program "

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 21, 2009 9:49 PM

I wonder, did Letterman make any jokes about a baseball player knocking up one of Obama's daughters?

I didn't think so.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | September 21, 2009 8:48 PM

People like you are sick with this tick for tack stuff. What you have posted is just as sick as lettermans comments. These are very young girls you're talking about you classless jackass

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 21, 2009 9:41 PM
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I agree the joke is tasteless, but it's also raises a legitimate question. Why were liberals laughing so hard when Letterman first told the joke about Sarah Palin's young daughter? Now, when Obama's daughter are the target of the same joke liberals are so offended.

Either way, the joke should be condemned as well as the person telling it....like Letterman.

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 9:47 PM

I wonder, did Letterman make any jokes about a baseball player knocking up one of Obama's daughters?

I didn't think so.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | September 21, 2009 8:48 PM

People like you are sick with this tick for tack stuff. What you have posted is just as sick as lettermans comments. These are very young girls you're talking about you classless jackass

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 21, 2009 9:45 PM

I wonder, did Letterman make any jokes about a baseball player knocking up one of Obama's daughters?

I didn't think so.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | September 21, 2009 8:48 PM

People like you are sick with this tick for tack stuff. What you have posted is just as sick as lettermans comments. These are very young girls you're talking about you classless jackass

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 21, 2009 9:41 PM

Obama is turning the country into a ghetto. That's where he thrives, king of the welfare handout.

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 9:39 PM

anyone else find it interesting how obama was so rehearsed on Sunday? i think the sunday blitz was a bad move. it solidified that obama is only pumped with a certain kind of infor for particular situations and if he deviates he is a disaster?

seriously, is this why he MUST have the teleprompter and the blackberry? is there a medical problem with obama and his focus or attention span? his sundayBlitz robotics was to put it mildly, ODD.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | September 21, 2009 9:38 PM

VAconservative - - so now they get a taste of tastelessness? why didnt they speak up with they did this to Palin? but the very thought of doing it to someone else brings out fangs?

this is why it is alway the right thing to be fair to all. you never know when it will come back to visit.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | September 21, 2009 9:33 PM

Obama is satisfying his ego while millions have lost their jobs, homes and retirements.

Posted by: bob59 | September 21, 2009 9:30 PM

at a time like this a president has time to waste an hour on a comedy late night show?

"He's turning the presidency into an infomercial," warned former White House speechwriter Matt Latimer.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | September 21, 2009 9:30 PM

I wonder, did Letterman make any jokes about a baseball player knocking up one of Obama's daughters?

I didn't think so.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | September 21, 2009 8:48 PM

People like you are sick with this tick for tack stuff. What you have posted is just as sick as lettermans comments. These are very young girls you're talking about you classless jackass.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 21, 2009 9:26 PM

The eternal campaign continues. It is the one thing he is good at. He's never really had to work so why start now?

Posted by: dtysko | September 21, 2009 9:25 PM

Our President understands that in an era when Fox broadcasts are thought of, and actually taken in by many Americans as genuine "news" it makes sense to connect with the viewing public via their preferred media outlet - whatever that may be.

Go President Obama!

Posted by: onestring | September 21, 2009 9:20 PM

I understand there are strong feelings on either side. But how long is this partisan bickering going to go on before the republic crumbles even further? To my conservative friends, I say your party has become a weak, insecure shadow of its former self. The three word mantra: Gays, Guns, and God, isn't going to cut it anymore. To my liberal friends I say we need to start looking in the mirror and understanding why we're so hated by the right! Government IS bloated and often ineffective. The liberal agenda is too easy to mock, often hypocritical, and lacks a coherent vision. The only solution - GET RID of THE PARTY SYSTEM. Setting aside the lunitic fringe on either side, most of us are caring, thinking patriots who have much more in common than we acknowledge. But instead we spew venom at each other and paint the other side as satanic. Let's take a breath and work together to get this country back on the right track. Many of us progressives watched in horror as a republican president and congress took us in the direction they felt was right during much of the last decade. Now, the other side gets its turn. Cold comfort. Is this lurching back and forth getting us anywhere? Did Kennedy and Hatch have the right formula - and did it just get buried along with the late Senator? We can be better than this! Signed, a recently converted Independent, and a concerned, yet proud US citizen.

Posted by: newway93 | September 21, 2009 9:19 PM

This is really pathetic, how much more ridiculous can he make himself look? Going on sleazy late night talk shows, he did not learn his lesson from the Leno Show.

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | September 21, 2009 9:02 PM

I wonder, did Letterman make any jokes about a baseball player knocking up one of Obama's daughters?

I didn't think so.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | September 21, 2009 8:48 PM

RE comments by tedmark and counterisk:

I would like to offer my services to the Washington Post online division. In exchange for beer and pizza for as long as it takes, I will design comment filtering software which reduces uninteresting vituperative comments to "Bite me!" If you can throw in health insurance I'd be much obliged.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 21, 2009 8:40 PM

Unbelievable.
Can't Obama stay home & off the tube?

I think all this President knows how to do is campaign & BS.

Posted by: grannymiller | September 21, 2009 8:39 PM

to "Tedmark" and all the other racist nazi republicans who disguise their racism for Obama- (By the way you real doofuses- he won the election by a LANDSLIDE- so you are in the minority for ever and ever more= you will never take back the white house- your evil nazi days are over). Europe is congratulating us on being enlightened and having a cultured educated leader vice the real doofus we had for the past 8 years. Anyway while you clearly are the doofus, I do commend you for noticing the republicans don't have a candidate- but they could resurrect lincoln and your party couldn't win- of course lincoln would be pro-obama and laugh at you too.

Posted by: counterisk | September 21, 2009 8:27 PM

I reading a review for something I won't get to see for two and half hours!

Seems to me the 24/7 news cycle is now reporting in the future.

Posted by: georgethornton1 | September 21, 2009 8:16 PM

The doofus in the WH belongs on Letterman because they are both left wing losers. Obama should resign today he is nothing more than the label he created " a community organizer ". The great thing about Obama is that every day he changes his story. Obama's numbers drop everyday because the American people are finally waking up and realizing the man is a fraud. Luckily some of my Democratic friends have seen the light. I also realize the Republicans do not have a candidate but with 2010 elections approaching that is the first step in restoring the country. Europe is laughing at him on a daily basis and that is scary.

Posted by: tedmark | September 21, 2009 8:13 PM

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