Obama to Letterman on racism: “I was actually black before the election”

posted at 8:01 pm on September 21, 2009 by Allahpundit

A sneak preview of tonight’s heart-on-the-sleeve backslapping; skip ahead to 2:08 for the key exchange. Probably The One’s best statement to date in distancing himself from the left’s racial demagoguery — especially his reminder that the country did, after all, elect him president — but, as usual, there’s no teeth in it. His point about other presidents having faced populist demagoguery, especially in times of economic upheaval, is well taken (although Kaus’s analysis is more trenchant), but where’s the reprimand for the many, many leftist bottom-feeders who stooped to racial accusations in lieu of a moment’s thought? For a guy who fancies himself above the fray and eager to start a national conversation on race — or so he (disingenuously) claimed in the famous speech about Rev. Wright — he’s awfully shy about seizing the opportunity to set the ground rules.

Update: One further thought on heart-on-the-sleeve Dave: How fitting that a guy whose comedy so often seems so passe would wait until there’s a Democrat in the White House to embrace his liberalism fully. The money and ratings are in opposing the president, not defending him, chump. Ask Jon Stewart and Keith Olbermann.


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he’s a liar

skree on September 21, 2009 at 8:03 PM

he wants others to use the racist hammer

CWforFreedom on September 21, 2009 at 8:04 PM

I really, really tried to watch this clip,but I just can’t stomach it.

Jeff from WI on September 21, 2009 at 8:05 PM

I thought he was Halfrican-American?

salmonczar on September 21, 2009 at 8:06 PM

This poor country has got to be hopelessly screwed up when its chief executive goes on a moronic late night talk show to discuss his policies and address the citizens. Actually, this entire country would be a knee slapping joke if it wasn’t so frightening.

rplat on September 21, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Not gonna watch…nah-uh. However, he was also a “moderate” before the election…

SouthernGent on September 21, 2009 at 8:06 PM

So now he thinks he’s white? What’s he saying? (As if I really cared.)

Cybergeezer on September 21, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Who’s this Dave Letterman dude?

CurtZHP on September 21, 2009 at 8:07 PM

However, he was also a “moderate” before the election…

SouthernGent on September 21, 2009 at 8:06 PM

+ 1

jgapinoy on September 21, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Again, he’s still campaigning. Too late. He’s pretty much a failure already.

tx2654 on September 21, 2009 at 8:07 PM

But he’s not as bad as McCain, right? Yay, Glenn Beck!!

Allahpundit on September 21, 2009 at 8:07 PM

So just exactly who is occupied with race?

CWforFreedom on September 21, 2009 at 8:08 PM

What are the “Ten Reasons Obama’s on the Letterman Show?
I’ll start;
1. Obama can lie all he wants and Letterman will think it’s funny.

Cybergeezer on September 21, 2009 at 8:09 PM

Since he is the de-facto head of the Democratic Party the late Harry Truman has something to say about his (Obama’s) leadership. “The buck stops here.”

chemman on September 21, 2009 at 8:09 PM

Not a celebrity.

Seixon on September 21, 2009 at 8:09 PM

I just can’t watch that video. I have seen enough! Eeeenough!

d1carter on September 21, 2009 at 8:09 PM

All talk. Little substance.

scalleywag on September 21, 2009 at 8:10 PM

But he’s not as bad as McCain, right? Yay, Glenn Beck!!

Allahpundit on September 21, 2009 at 8:07 PM

ya, i lost some respect for GB after seeing that other post.

homesickamerican on September 21, 2009 at 8:11 PM

‘Ground rules’ will get in Obama’s way. He’s content to let things happen, then later come across as above the fray even if the Left’s rhetoric triggers race riots.

Liam on September 21, 2009 at 8:11 PM

All talk. Little substance.

scalleywag on September 21, 2009 at 8:10 PM

You give him waaay too much credit for substance.

Cybergeezer on September 21, 2009 at 8:11 PM

But he’s not as bad as McCain, right? Yay, Glenn Beck!!

Allahpundit on September 21, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Everything is going to be OK, Allah. Here, may I offer you some Fiber One? You’ll feel much better.

jennifernaz on September 21, 2009 at 8:12 PM

#2. Obama likes Lettermans applause track the best of all applause tracks.

Cybergeezer on September 21, 2009 at 8:13 PM

When Beck reveals himself as a Paul nut, CJ and AP will celebrate. A drink for every lost reader.

Free Constitution on September 21, 2009 at 8:13 PM

I could DVR it, but I have little interest in this twinkie-munch session.

Exit question: Does Letterman wee-wee himself or just get a tingle?

JammieWearingFool on September 21, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Our forefathers should have put something in the constitution about limiting presidential talk show appearances to oh, I don’t know, maybe one a few years? This is really getting silly. He’s making the office look trivial.

scalleywag on September 21, 2009 at 8:14 PM

The Union Goons got to his family!

Jeff from WI on September 21, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Two losers.

Zorro on September 21, 2009 at 8:14 PM

3. Did you hear that joke about Piper?

Firebird on September 21, 2009 at 8:15 PM

His body language speaks volumes. Arrogance personified.

Ugly on September 21, 2009 at 8:15 PM

Seriously, like others have posted, how bad is it when I can’t even stomach to watch a clip of the POTUS? Maybe it’s the fact that Letterman adds the double whammy.

Vigilante on September 21, 2009 at 8:15 PM

Cybergeezer on September 21, 2009 at 8:11 PM

You’re right, that was extreme.

scalleywag on September 21, 2009 at 8:16 PM

But he’s not as bad as McCain, right? Yay, Glenn Beck!!

Allahpundit on September 21, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Stay on topic.

BadgerHawk on September 21, 2009 at 8:16 PM

When Beck reveals himself as a Paul nut, CJ and AP will celebrate. A drink for every lost reader.

No, I won’t celebrate. But I’ll at least be able to say I knew.

When he comes out as a Paulnut, traffic will drop from — what? A million a day to 990,000 a day?

Allahpundit on September 21, 2009 at 8:16 PM

Good Lord, I never thought I’d agree with George Will or Peggy Noonan so whole-heartedly again, but the man has become elevator music. SHUT-UP!

Marcus on September 21, 2009 at 8:17 PM

twinkle munch. I like that!

scalleywag on September 21, 2009 at 8:17 PM

#3. He and Michelle get to watch the show later, in bed, and laugh at the lies too.

Cybergeezer on September 21, 2009 at 8:17 PM

He’s such a smooth talker. Everything sounds so nice. But his actions don’t match up.

Toutoune on September 21, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Well, that was really quite a bit better than I expected from Obama.

On the other hand, I’d forgotten how unfunny and downright sucky Letterman has become.

notropis on September 21, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Good cop, bad cop.

Obama is the good cop, the sympathetic interrogator, the amiable dunce whom everyone likes while his associates are the thugs, punks, knee breakers, window breakers. If you don’t love The Obama, you are a racist.

Skandia Recluse on September 21, 2009 at 8:19 PM

Two losers on a TV show.

Big effing deal.

bluelightbrigade on September 21, 2009 at 8:19 PM

Do those Worldwide Pants have a nice crease in them?

JammieWearingFool on September 21, 2009 at 8:20 PM

Allahpundit on September 21, 2009 at 8:16 PM

Heh. I’ll drink one with you.

Free Constitution on September 21, 2009 at 8:20 PM

But he’s not as bad as McCain, right? Yay, Glenn Beck!!

Allahpundit on September 21, 2009 at 8:07 PM

I know I am having a poopy day. Why so grumpy Allah?

upinak on September 21, 2009 at 8:20 PM

What do you want to wager they work in a Palin cheapshot on the Top 10?

JammieWearingFool on September 21, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Obama is on Letterman
# 4
Oprah told him to

macncheez on September 21, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Waaaaaay overexposed, more saturation than a paint-by-numbers episode of Star Trek The Next Generation.

He really likes being on TV, think he should have chosen a different profession.

Sharr on September 21, 2009 at 8:21 PM

What do you want to wager they work in a Palin cheapshot on the Top 10?

JammieWearingFool on September 21, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Sucker bet. The real question is how many cheat shots they take at her.

BadgerHawk on September 21, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Bush should have just lied and said he never went on vacation. Seems like thats all it takes for the idiots to buy it.

Speedwagon82 on September 21, 2009 at 8:22 PM

#4. Obama thinks his ratings will go up simply for being on Letterman; But the actual result will be Lettermans ratings plummeting.

Cybergeezer on September 21, 2009 at 8:22 PM

But we’re supposed to stay on topic in posts, AP? Give me a f’n break.

Emily M. on September 21, 2009 at 8:22 PM

I like Beck better when he’s not talking about politics, same with Obama for that matter.

Free Constitution on September 21, 2009 at 8:22 PM

What do you want to wager they work in a Palin cheapshot on the Top 10?JammieWearingFool on September 21, 2009 at 8:21 PM


not that this link shows.

upinak on September 21, 2009 at 8:23 PM

When he comes out as a Paulnut, traffic will drop from — what? A million a day to 990,000 a day?

That’s great. What was it Bill Murray said?

I’m glad though that this blog has gone from the point where readers were trying to help the hosts build up the blog and get new readers to were success has made it were we can just insult the readers AND remind them they are irrelevant. Awesome. Victory.

Spirit of 1776 on September 21, 2009 at 8:23 PM

twinkle munch. I like that!

scalleywag on September 21, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Can’t remember who I swiped that from. Goes way back.

JammieWearingFool on September 21, 2009 at 8:24 PM

These talk show people must be thrilled that a president has made himself so available to all of them. Well, almost all of them. I haven’t noticed that it’s increased his popularity to any degree.

scalleywag on September 21, 2009 at 8:24 PM

The money and ratings are in opposing the president, not defending him, chump. Ask Jon Stewart and Keith Olbermann.

Or Arlen Specter.

ROCnPhilly on September 21, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Top 10 Reasons Obama is on Letterman
# 4
Oprah told him to go

macncheez on September 21, 2009 at 8:26 PM

not that this link shows.

upinak on September 21, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Geez! The pic at politico looks like Dave is diving for Obama’s…..

Caper29 on September 21, 2009 at 8:26 PM

I can’t wait to see the pie Obama’s going to bake on Rachel Ray tomorrow.

Chuck Schick on September 21, 2009 at 8:26 PM

Obama is on Letterman
# 4
Oprah told him to

macncheez on September 21, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Right!

(Sorry; I didn’t mean to step on you; I’ll refresh before I post next time.)

Cybergeezer on September 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

I’m glad though that this blog has gone from the point where readers were trying to help the hosts build up the blog and get new readers to were success has made it were we can just insult the readers AND remind them they are irrelevant. Awesome. Victory.

No, sorry, that won’t fly. I get threats *constantly* from people that they’re going to desert the site if we take a certain point of view or don’t take a certain point of view. The whiniest commenters on here are forever holding it out as a threat; sorry if it offends you that I feel obliged to point out that it’s a bullcrap threat and won’t hurt the site. Knock off the threats and you won’t have to hear me make that argument. Simple as that.

Allahpundit on September 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

When he comes out as a Paulnut, traffic will drop from — what? A million a day to 990,000 a day?

Allahpundit on September 21, 2009 at 8:16 PM

I marched in D.C., I attended some tea parties, I watch Beck but don’t always agree with him.

But please don’t insult us with that Paulnut stuff. What’s next, we’re all Bircher’s too?

Knucklehead on September 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Obama must really hate whites to deny half of himself.

MB4 on September 21, 2009 at 8:28 PM

not that this link shows.

upinak on September 21, 2009 at 8:23 PM

I guess he learned from his teachable moment.

JammieWearingFool on September 21, 2009 at 8:28 PM

can’t remember who I swiped that from. Goes way back.

JammieWearingFool on September 21, 2009 at 8:24 P

It’s a term that can apply to almost anything! Kind of like the term I stole from my boss…”feckless rumps”, it applies to so many I could use it daily. :)

scalleywag on September 21, 2009 at 8:29 PM

…where’s the reprimand for the many, many leftist bottom-feeders who stooped to racial accusations in lieu of a moment’s thought? …

It’s in the wink and the nod

ConScribe on September 21, 2009 at 8:29 PM

I thought he was Halfrican-American?

salmonczar on September 21, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Almost choked on my bumbleberry pie!

(Two thumbs up)

cableguy615 on September 21, 2009 at 8:29 PM

Won’t watch. Did he offend the Special Olympics?

txag92 on September 21, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Obama: He’s not a President, but he plays one on TV.

ROCnPhilly on September 21, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Good cop, bad cop.

Obama is the good cop, the sympathetic interrogator, the amiable dunce whom everyone likes while his associates are the thugs, punks, knee breakers, window breakers. If you don’t love The Obama, you are a racist.

Skandia Recluse on September 21, 2009 at 8:19 PM

They both acted stupidly.

ThePrez on September 21, 2009 at 8:30 PM

#6. Obama knows Letterman has to retire in the next few years and Obama’s planning on taking over the show.

Cybergeezer on September 21, 2009 at 8:31 PM

Who’s this Dave Letterman dude?

CurtZHP on September 21, 2009 at 8:07 PM

He is a 60 some pedophile who has rape fantasies about 16 year old girls.

MB4 on September 21, 2009 at 8:31 PM

txag92 on September 21, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Lol. Just the race-baiters that do his work for him.

Free Constitution on September 21, 2009 at 8:32 PM

So the race card failed catastrophically .

the_nile on September 21, 2009 at 8:32 PM

WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY is the President of the United States of America a guest on a stupid, tawdry, late-night comedy show? This absolutely drives me nuts! This guy can’t possibly demean the office of POTUS any further, can he? CAN HE? PLEASE someone tell me he can’t make the office of POTUS look any more ridiculous than these guest appearances on stupid late night tv shows. Please.

SouperConservative on September 21, 2009 at 8:32 PM

Allahpundit on September 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

It should fly because your success has insulated you. That’s cool.

re: your complaint. Alright. You get threats constantly. That sucks. I’m sure a bunch of readers are losers, fine.

Here’s what really sucks though. You rarely engage on the threads and when you do you drop a nuke on the readers.

Spirit of 1776 on September 21, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Cybergeezer on September 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Here comes # 6
Top 10 reasons Obama is on Letterman

Likes to hang out with guys with crappy haircuts

macncheez on September 21, 2009 at 8:33 PM

His words, people expect honesty and some common sense. His actions are completely disconnected from his words. Listening to this is a complete insult to anyone who values honesty and common sense!

ClanDerson on September 21, 2009 at 8:34 PM

he’s a liar

skree on September 21, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Ya think?

MikeA on September 21, 2009 at 8:35 PM

But he’s not as bad as McCain, right? Yay, Glenn Beck!!

Allahpundit on September 21, 2009 at 8:07 PM

o.O

Ugly on September 21, 2009 at 8:35 PM

#6. Obama knows Letterman has to retire in the next few years and Obama’s planning on taking over the show.

Cybergeezer on September 21, 2009 at 8:31 PM

Shouldn’t this be counted backwards ? lol That’s OK I will go next

#7. They can swap jokes poking fun at mentally challenged kids!

*rimshot* ba da boom!!

cableguy615 on September 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Wasn’t there some warning from Ed to HA users to avoid name-calling?

Ugly on September 21, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Bring back upstater….. PLEASE.

txag92 on September 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Here comes # 6
Top 10 reasons Obama is on Letterman

Likes to hang out with guys with crappy haircuts

macncheez on September 21, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Uh! Thats a haircut?
#8 9. Obama thinks he can make enough people sick of his babble that the World Health Organization will name the sickness in his honor.

Cybergeezer on September 21, 2009 at 8:41 PM

# 8 ( or # 3) why Obama is on Letterman

Letterman offered his office for a secret group hug for Obama, Ahmedinijad , Chavez and Gaddhafi

macncheez on September 21, 2009 at 8:41 PM

Almost choked on my bumbleberry pie!

(Two thumbs up)

cableguy615 on September 21, 2009 at 8:29 PM

OT: Where in the world are you finding bumbleberry pie???

Back on topic: In the next three months, I’m going to make it my mission to help overexpose the Prez as much as I humanly can. I’ll see if I can talk one of the local billboard companies into donating space for an “Obama Wants YOU” ad. I’m carving Obam-o’lanterns for Halloween. I’m making O’Holy Family Christmas cards. Who’s with me?

Mary in LA on September 21, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Wasn’t there some warning from Ed to HA users to avoid name-calling?

Ugly on September 21, 2009 at 8:38 PM

We have hall monitors now too?!

jennifernaz on September 21, 2009 at 8:44 PM

#10 will be the highest rated reason Obama’s on the Late Show with Letterman. (So it was backwards from Dave’s) We’re funnier!

Cybergeezer on September 21, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Did anybody else catch that at the end?

“…and they expect more from Republic–uh… elected officials.”

Reminding himself to leave the partisan hackery to his lackeys.

Tuning Spork on September 21, 2009 at 8:45 PM

I’m making O’Holy Family Christmas cards. Who’s with me?

Mary in LA on September 21, 2009 at 8:42 PM

This christmas card is scarrrryyyyy
http://roadkillrefugee.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/ho-ho1.png?w=304&h=447

macncheez on September 21, 2009 at 8:47 PM

Not going to watch either but I love reading the comments here… too funny!

I think I’ve been on this site at least 2 years… I thought the general consensus was that we don’t take Ron Paul seriously, McCain is not conservative and that Sarah Palin is turning out to be alright! Allah has been a lot more fair re Palin lately…

Glenn Beck has been doing a good job deconstructing Obama’s administration but he does act.. um kooky sometimes…anyway… Hot Air is fair re him too.

CCRWM on September 21, 2009 at 8:47 PM

Dave would get more viewers if he and Obama went up to the roof and just dropped things onto 54th Street for 60 minutes.

jon1979 on September 21, 2009 at 8:48 PM

OT: Where in the world are you finding bumbleberry pie???

Back on topic: In the next three months, I’m going to make it my mission to help overexpose the Prez as much as I humanly can. I’ll see if I can talk one of the local billboard companies into donating space for an “Obama Wants YOU” ad. I’m carving Obam-o’lanterns for Halloween. I’m making O’Holy Family Christmas cards. Who’s with me?

Mary in LA on September 21, 2009 at 8:42 PM

MMMMMM! Making me think of Rhubarb pie!!
I have an “Obama-Chia” that I can use as a model for my pumpkins! Nice idea.

Cybergeezer on September 21, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Bring back upstater….. PLEASE.

txag92 on September 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM

What happened to Upstater?

CCRWM on September 21, 2009 at 8:50 PM

What happened to Upstater?

CCRWM on September 21, 2009 at 8:50 PM

He got the axe. :(

txag92 on September 21, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Huh?!? What for???

Mary in LA on September 21, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Check out this video clip: “Obama Performs ‘Stupid Human Trick’ on Letterman; Makes Laughable Claim That “Reducing Waste” In Medicare Will Pay For ‘Most’ of His Health Care Plan” http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/09/obama-performs-stupid-human-trick-on.html

Mervis Winter on September 21, 2009 at 8:53 PM

Upstater! Yeah, why?

CCRWM on September 21, 2009 at 8:54 PM

Mervis Winter on September 21, 2009 at 8:53 PM

Now thats funny

macncheez on September 21, 2009 at 8:55 PM

#10 (Really #1). And the biggest reason Obama’s appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman;
He’s going to use Letterman’s props to see if his presidency will float!

Cybergeezer on September 21, 2009 at 9:00 PM

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