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.