Letterman Takes Turn Toward the Political

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

One week after he watched his old rival Jay Leno return to television as NBC’s great prime-time hope, David Letterman will start making a statement of his own.

He will start with the president of the United States. Mr. Letterman will have President Obama as his only guest on Monday night when he returns from a week off. It will be Mr. Obama’s sixth visit to Mr. Letterman’s late-night CBS show, but his first as president.


Mr. Obama, of course, famously was the first sitting president to visit any late-night entertainment show when he dropped by “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” in March. The Letterman bookers have been diligent ever since in arguing for some fair play–and equal booking–for their guy. More…