“Being President of the United States of America means you’re President for everybody”
President Obama got a chance to address Mitt Romney’s comments about the 47 percent of voters being victims Tuesday night in a scheduled appearance on David Letterman’s late-night show on CBS.
Mr. Obama said that Mr. Romney was wrong to categorize nearly half of Americans as people who saw themselves as victims and that he was “writing off a big chunk of the country” by his statement, which was made at a fund-raiser last May.
Mr. Letterman did note that Mr. Obama made a similar gaffe in the 2008 campaign when he was caught on tape saying that voters in Pennsylvania retreated to their “guns and their religion.” Mr. Obama told Mr. Letterman that he had recognized that as a mistake and quickly apologized for it.
He also emphasized that he had sought to reassure the 47 percent of Americans who voted for John McCain in 2008 that he would be their president as well.