The era of “The President Didn’t Know”—add the federal debt to the list

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U.S. Debt Clock on Oct. 30, 2013 at 8:42 a.m. (Snip: USDebtClock.org)

On Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, as the country headed towards a presidential election, I wrote about President Barack Obama’s appearance on the David Letterman Show (CBS). Letterman has always been a big Democrat fan.

I linked to a video at YouTube, and I even predicted the video would be taken down. It was taken down.

Point is, the debt was another of Obama’s unknowns. 

Here’s the gist of what I wrote at The US Report after the president’s talk show visit on Tuesday, Sept. 18:

Then there was this exchange, beginning around the 4:43 mark on a video at YouTube. I’m transcribing it here because CBS may ask the creator of the video to take it down since it doesn’t disparage a Republican candidate.

(Letterman) “The debt countdown clock is going like crazy…it’s several trillion dollars. What is that?”

Obama then told Letterman he plans to “cut spending” without giving any specifics, just as he promised to cut the federal deficit in half shortly after he was elected in 2008.

Letterman asked the president, “Do you remember what that number was? Was it $10 trillion?”

Obama then committed another in a long line of under-reported gaffes, telling Letterman:

“I don’t remember what that number was precisely.”

Add the debt to a list of what the president didn’t know.

And as a final reminder, if you come across a video that reflects negatively on a Democrat, transcribe it because the video probably won’t be there for long.

Ironically, the Romney campaign didn’t seize on Obama’s Letterman moment—another wasted opportunity and another example of why the GOP needs a serious response messaging reset. A seasoned media strategist could’ve had a field day with that particular ‘don’t know.’

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 30, 2013)

About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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