David Letterman is not the kind of guy that takes one on the chin and lies down. That’s not consistant with his personality. So when the talk show host learned that Mitt Romney claimed Letterman hated the Republican Presidential nominee because Mitt preferred Jay Leno, he barked back saying; Mitt goes on to say that I hate Mitt, that what he says, he says that on the tape, because Mitt has done the Jay Leno show more often than he’s done my show, and that we’re all very jealous and petty and bitter and backbiting and show business – unlike politics.” Score one for the late night comedians, who often tell the truth much more often with invented jokes than politicians do with so-called facts.”
“I don’t hate Mitt,” Letterman said. “And, I think now, more than ever, he and his lovely wife Mrs. Mitt are more than welcome to come on the show.” However, David Letterman had a strong message for Mitt Romney and the success of his campaign. He told the Republican nominee, “and I’m telling you, if you think you’re going to get to the White House, you’ve gotta spend time in this chair.”
David Letterman has “hounded” Romney for mistreatment of his dog Seamus, and teased Romney about being weird, by repeatedly playing Mitt’s rendition of God Bless America” backwards.
Letterman asked President Obama what he thought about Mitt Romney’s controversial 47% remarks.
Obama said “Well, I don’t know what he was referring to, but I can tell you this. When I won in 2008, 47 percent of the American people voted for John McCain, they didn’t vote for me. And what I said on election night was, even though you didn’t vote for me, I hear your voices and I’m going to work as hard as I can to be your president. And one of the things I’ve learned as president is you represent the entire country. And when I meet Republicans as I’m traveling around the country, they are hard working, family people, who care deeply about this country and my expectation is that if you want to be president you got to work for everybody not just for some.”
Obama went on to talk about how hard Americans work. “You don’t meet anybody who doesn’t believe in the American Dream and the fact that nobody’s entitled to success,” Obama said. He continued, saying “There are not a lot of people out there who think they’re victims. There are not a lot of people who think they’re entitled to something. What I think the majority of people, Democrats and Republicans, believe is that we’ve got some obligations to each other and there’s nothing wrong with us giving each other a helping hand.”
Later in the interview, Obama summed up his take on the Romney video by saying “People understand, I think, that you’re going to make mistakes on the campaign trail. What I think people want to make sure of though is that you’re not writing off a big chunk of the country.”
The contrast between President Obama’s profound gravitas, combined with a playful and fun personality and the complete opposite lack of it in that other candidate will strike viewers immediately.
What do you think?
Does Mitt Romney prefer Jay Leno over David Letterman?