President Obama Slams Romney's "47 Percent" Gaffe on "Letterman"
8 months ago
Thinks running mate should admit remarks were a mistake
President Barack Obama appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" Tuesday--just a few weeks after his wife did the same--and talked to the host about his Republican running mate Mitt Romney's recent gaffe. On Monday, a secretly made video, published by liberal Mother Jones magazine, showed Romney saying that "47 percent" of all Americans would support Obama no matter what and that his "job is not to worry about those people," as they are people "who believe that they are victims [and] pay no income taxes." In response, Obama told Letterman: "One of the things I've learned as president is you represent the entire country. My expectation is if you want to be president, you've got to work for everybody, not just for some. When I won in 2008, 47 percent of people who voted, 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. What I think people want to make sure of is you're not writing off a big chunk of the country." (NBC News)