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Last year it was whether he had insulted Sarah Palin by questioning whether John McCain was trying to put "lipstick on a pig." But this year, President Barack Obama had some real controversies to clear up.

"First of all, I think it's important to remember that I was actually black before the election," Obama told David Letterman today during his first Late Show sit-down since being elected.

"Really!" exclaimed the veteran talk-show host, to which the commander in chief replied, deadpan, "It's true."

"How long have you been a black man?" Letterman replied. He had set off the exchange by asking Obama whether he feels that some of the more spiteful reactions to his health-care agenda have been racially motivated.

It was a very funny exchange in the midst of a much longer discourse about some dire subjects, such as health care, the war in Afghanistan and the U.S. economy.

But it's nice that the president can take a moment out of his schedule to laugh at himself, while also, he can hope, reaching out to his constituents.

Then again, Dave knew the real reason why Obama wanted to visit his show.

Actually, there were 10 reasons, including that the president thought it would be fun to watch someone else get heckled for a change, he was told Megan Fox would be there, and that he said yes without thinking..."like Bush did with Iraq."


Dave Letterman tends to stay under the radar about such things, but check out all the celebs who have been out and proud in their support for Obama.