David Letterman worked the subject of Jay Leno into a conversation with Bill Clinton.
How’d Letterman do that? By talking about the economy, and how some Americans seem to resent the success of other Americans. The exchange took place Wednesday night on Letterman’s “Late Show” on CBS.
“I’m the kind of person, if I was struggling financially –luckily, I have been lucky and I’m not struggling financially — but if I was the kind of person struggling financially and I saw somebody who wasn’t, I would be more than happy to assail them for [not] doing their fair share,” Letterman told the ex-president. “I’d say, ‘Wait a minute, look at me, I’m struggling, why don’t you guys who aren’t struggling . . .?’
“I’m always looking to blame somebody, so why isn’t that just automatic? Isn’t that human nature?” Letterman asked.
“Not really,” Clinton answered. “I mean, one of the best things about Americans is we don’t really resent other people’s success, but there’s two issues . . . “
And that’s when Dave made a remark about Leno that had the audience — and Clinton — laughing for about half-a-minute.