So I was watching “The O’Reilly Factor” to see Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Barack Obama when he showed a clip from “The David Letterman Show” airing on Sept. 3. In the clip, Letterman is chatting with Dr. Phil McGraw about Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her pregnant teen daughter.
Letterman sets it up like this, “Here’s the first thing that came to my mind–OK, so poor John McCain drops dead in office. He gets elected and drops dead. It’s happened! I think Grover Cleveland dropped dead in office, I don’t know. So now she’s the President and I’m thinking to myself, so she’s the president, fine, but don’t you want your President to have had the presence of mind to have chatted to her teenage kids for five minutes about birth control?”
Dr. Phil responded by saying (this is paraphrased), “Whoa, Dave, just wait until your kid becomes a teenager, and we can contiue this discussion then!” The joke basically bombed, but apparently true wit isn’t one of Letterman’s strong points (guess he has to use the teleprompter). He then asked, “They don’t sell Trojan condoms in Alaska?” Further pressing the issue, Letterman suggests that Sarah Palin probably forced abstinence on her daughter, didn’t teach her about birth control, and that’s why Bristol Palin got pregnant! (Don’t believe me? Go here to watch a clip of the show. The part I’m discussing starts at the 4:38 minute marker and continues on until the end. Yes, over four minutes of this nonsense!)
First of all, I find it offensive that Letterman would suggest that McCain would just drop dead once he gets into office because he is in his early 70’s. Did anyone get a load of his mom, Roberta? The lady is 96 and as spry as a 50 year-old! While I know that Letterman is edgy, that statement seemed rude, even for him.
Second, Letterman assumes that the Palins didn’t teach their children about responsible sex because their daughter is pregnant. Guess what, Dave? Girls who wear condoms (and use birth control) can still get pregnant. Amazing how that works! Besides, even if the Palins didn’t talk to Bristol about sex, I’m sure her public education told her all about the dangers of pre-marital sex. I’m willing to bet she even got to practice putting a condom on a banana.
Third, I can’t believe he blamed “abstinence” for her pregnancy saying that she was less likely to use a condom! Just because she was told to abstain (if she was told to abstain), doesn’t mean she listened. What if her boyfriend kept a condom in his wallet “just in case”? While I’m abstaining from premarital sex, I’m not so naive as to think that people don’t have sex, even if they’re told abstinence is a better choice. And really, what does that have to do with anything, much less Palin’s vice-presidential nomination?
Fourth, why is he trying to drag poor Dr. Phil into his nonsense? At one point, the audience actually went silent, probably because Letterman’s rant was so mean-spirited.
Some rags and media outlets seem to be having a field day with Sarah Palin’s personal life, which is interesting because I don’t recall Joe Biden receiving this much attention. And Obama was raised by a single mom who had Barack when she was 18, didn’t she? Hmm, why does Letterman seem so ignorant of that fact, or does his show exist to simply spew stupidity?
Ignorant or stupid–take your pick.
According to my friend Derek (he’s just a wealth of information lately, isn’t he?), Letterman isn’t the only host that is down on Palin. Apparently Oprah refuses to be “fair and balanced” and interview Palin on her show. Read about it here.
For an insightful post on Sarah Palin and women in leadership, check out Jonalyn Fincher’s “Sarah Palin- Integrating Work and Home.”