How can this be? Asked about the national debt on David Letterman's show, he couldn't say and shrugged off the question.
Is Obama ignorant or a fool?
It doesn't seem to bother America's mainstream media, but at least one overseas commentator was shocked:
Asked by David Letterman on The Late Show to explain all those zeros on America’s debt clock, displayed at the Republicans’ convention, Obama replied: “I don’t remember what the number was, precisely.” Offering the president a clue, the veteran chat-show host suggested “about $10 trillion”, at which point Obama switched effortlessly to praising the budget surplus of Bill Clinton and sailed off to safety. It’s not as though America’s debt is a minor twinkle in a constellation of more serious problems. But not only was the president unable to recall the big number, he readily – perhaps deliberately – conflated the debt and the deficit.
One can reasonably ask: What's worse, a president who can't spell "potato" or a president that doesn't have a clue about the size of our national debt. (You can see for yourself here, on the sidebar to the right of the posts.)