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Obama on 'Letterman'

By the time Barack Obama came on stage to the taping of the “Late Show” on Monday, host David Letterman had offered up 10 reasons why in the world the president had agreed to do it.

Among Letterman’s theories: Obama said yes without thinking about it, or as Letterman put it, “Like Bush did with Iraq.”

During the interview, Obama made his case for changing the nation's health care system. He also expanded on comments he made Sunday on CNN about former president Jimmy Carter's statement that some of the criticism directed at him is because of his race.

“I was actually black before the election,” Obama told Letterman. “The American people … gave me this extraordinary honor. That tells you a lot, I think, about where the country is at."

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