In his appearance Tuesday on David Letterman's “Late Show,” President Obama discussed the now-infamous video of rival Mitt Romney dismissing approximately half the electorate as government mooches. But given that Obama was the only guest on the show, there was plenty of time to talk about other, more pressing issues: Libya, partisan gridlock, the national debt and, of course, the White House’s home-brewed beer.
The conversation began with the recently wrapped-up Democratic National Convention. Letterman, as did millions of other viewers who watched the convention, observed that first daughters Malia and Sasha were looking incredibly grown-up these days. “Does that kill you?” he asked.
“It worries me, but we’re surrounded by men with guns,” quipped the president.
Moving on to politics, Letterman expressed particular dismay with the bitterly partisan divide in Washington. As he put it, “You can just smell that something is not working anymore.”
The president agreed that the climate had soured over the past decade or so but drew a contrast between Washington and the rest of the country, where people of different political stripes are able to work and live together just fine. He pointed to the example of Scott van Duzer, the Florida pizzeria owner -- and Republican -- who’s taken flak for enthusiastically hugging the president.