President Obama Visits Late Show, Weighs in on Mitt Romney "47 Percent" Controversy

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President Barack Obama stopped by the Late Show With David Letterman last night, and had barely sat down before being asked about the Mitt Romney video.

The secretly-recorded-calling-Obama-backers-entitled-irresponsible-drains-on-society video, which Romney stands by, while acknowledging poor word choice.

Letterman asked Obama for his take on Mitt describing "47 percent of Americans" in this manner, to which he said, "One of the things I learned as president is you represent the entire country ... if you want to be president, you have to work for everyone."

Obama noted that in 2008, 47 percent of America voted for his rival, John McCain.

"This is a big country. And people disagree a lot, but one thing I've never tried to do and I think none of us can do in public office is suggest that because somebody doesn't agree with me that they're victims or they're unpatriotic," he said.

"There are not a lot of people out there who think they're victims. There are not a lot of people who think they're entitled to something."

"We've got some obligations to each other, and there's nothing wrong with us giving each other a helping hand so that that single mom's kid, after all the work she's done ... can afford to go to college, go cure the next disease, go start the next Google."

"I think that's a good investment for America."

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Wv-peach

My state of WV produces much of the coal that "powers"
the USA; we can't lose the industry that's our lifeblood. Tell these fundamentalist Muslims who keep harming America to go to Hell and withdraw financial support. That money can create jobs and quell the rising tide of public desention here. Please sir, you must now fight fire with fire.

Wv-peach

My. Obama, you have my vote, but that being said, you must take stronger actions with The Middle East and issues thereof. I'm sick of seeing our flag burned while millions of dollars are poured into these hostile countries, whose fanatics kill and maim our countrymen. This must stop! Open the Keystone Pipeline to lessen our dependence on foreign oil and get America out of bed with OPEC and the Saudi's.

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there he is the ugliest president we have ever had.So tells us Barack how does it feel to be the color of sh#t???

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@Molly well I'll be damned Mitts pappy was on welfare??! Thanks Mollie. Did you read that trollers? Along with the veterans, students, disabled, elderly and everybody else he insulted he was also talking about his pop pop. This guy is to dumb to be president hahahaha!

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According to you polls don't matter I'm guessing you're 50% of the world that don't trust Obama is a poll so that shouldn't matter to us right? They don't win elections. We're not just out of money because of Obama by the way yes he added to the debt but it's not like he created it, presidents before him added to it also. Sure vote for Romney that's your right but Romney will only be put to help himself and the rich so I hope you have money to support yourself because Romney isn't out to help the middle class, he isn't out to help creat jobs. As much as people want to say he is he isn't.

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According to you polls don't matter so you 50% most likely is a poll

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Romney has his money overseas. People say Romney hasn't lied? Yeah right he flip flops so much on what he says. Obama has my vote this country will go to shit if Romney is in office, Romney cares about only himself and protecting the rich he isn't ready to be in office. Oh fun fact Romney's dad was on welfare for a year coming to the U.S so pretty much he insulted his dad. Don't believe me search for it there's a video of Romney's mom saying it.

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Obama is overmatched & under qualified. Romney 2012

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The 47% who want their, free Obama money, would vote for him, even if he killed puppies. Taxpayers are tired of supporting the losers, on public assistance, who shouldn't be. The little, unemployed, sneaky, grandson of the other inferior president, Jimmy Carter, just helped Romney, win the election.

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I wonder what it would be like to vote for a man then realize he has completly broken the back of this country. When it all goes to crap- I for one will not be responsible for voting for obama just because he said something I wanted to hear. I don't think this country can see the most important of things. We are out of money
50% of the people have no faith in him.
50% will not support Obama
The world is losing faith in the USA You can talk all you want but this race has not yet been won by Obama. Obama will lose by double digits. Intelligent people can see this president is not going to move us. Polls are for Dreamers! Polls have never won an election.

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