Letterman to Obama: “How long have you been a black man?”
President Barack Obama has sought to distance himself from Jimmy Carter’s recent comment that some of the anger directed at him over the summer is because he is a black man.
“Was Jimmy Carter onto something … was this unease or poor decorum rooted in racism, or is that just something to talk about?” Letterman asked.
“It’s important to realize that I was actually black before the election,” Obama answered.
“Really?” said Letterman. “This is true,” Obama said.
“How long have you been a black man?,” Letterman asked.
— Pause for laughter from the audience —
“So the American people, I think, gave me this extraordinary honor. That tells you a lot, I think, a lot about where the country is at,” Obama continued, before the interview moved on to serious issues: healthcare and Afghanistan.
Reuters photo by Kevin Lamarque.